Today we want to post about one
inspiring story of Alison Kristensen who with the HCA family as
Registered nurse for 20 years and clinical nurse positions in hospitals
& at Australian Defense Force (contractor). In March 2015 was Alison
diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. Alison wanted to share her story
Raise awareness to encourage women to check their breasts.
Alison had no family history of breast cancer, but chose to do so
Do a mammogram when she noticed that her nipple looked “abnormal” in the mirror
and felt a mass in the right breast. Alison had never had mammography before
48 years old because she didn’t notice any worrying symptoms. An easy one
One day, checking in at her mirror changed her whole life when she described the whole thing
Experience as “surreal and traumatizing”.
We called Alison to find out more about her story
to hear her tick and some wonderful advice from her. You can read on in
the interview below:
Interviewer: Why did you first come to nursing?
What do you love most about the job / working with HCA?
Alison: I grew up in England and knew that since I was young
I want to work and live to have a positive impact on other people
(Alison is a mental health nurse and loves working life
Balance that HCA has provided over the years and over the years)
A: I loved HCA because of this company’s work-life balance opportunities
gives to his employees. Thanks to HCA, I had many career opportunities
and I also had the opportunity to inspire young students to become teachers and
Mentor for her in my specialty.
I: Do you have any advice for other women who live similar lives?
A: I never thought it would happen to me, I will never forget it
Phone call where the doctor said, “Alison, you have breast cancer.” I
I’ve been fighting since day one, it’s a mindset and I’ve tried to be always
I: Is there anything else you would like to tell everyone?
A: I want to highlight two very important points for all readers
(1) Exercise is my medicine, it should be a part of your daily life as it helps you to stay positive and to live a normal life even during the health problem. The attitude and mentality that the training will develop will be crucial in the fight against the disease.
(2) Everyone should check their breasts regularly and have a mammogram as directed by Dr.
If you want to see more of Alison’s trip, she created a fantastic hashtag on Instagram called #exerciseismymedicine. You can even help raise awareness of the message yourself. Alison, thank you for taking the time to speak to us. It was nice to talk to you and learn about your trip.
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