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Dalia E.

Washington, United States

Finding Strength to Care for Others!

Hi there! My name is Dalia and I am a Registered Nurse in Seattle, WA. The picture I uploaded is of me and my mom and the reason I wanted to become a nurse! My mom, sister, brother, uncle, cousins, and grandfather suffer from a rare genetic disorder called, Loeys-Dietz Syndrome, which effects every aspect of their body. One of the biggest dangers and cause of my mother's passing 7 years ago is having aortic dissections. One of the safety guidelines to prevent that is to not do any heavy lifting or strenuous activities. Being the only one in my family without these restrictions, I am always the one carrying out all the more heavy duties and tasks, which has taken a lot of strength over the years. This most recent year, I cared for my sister as she recovered from a life saving aortic root replacement surgery! She is finally in a good spot, and I am now able to invest my time in myself and my career as a nurse!


I love my job more than anything! I get to care for Oncology patient's throughout their entire treatment timeline. Sometimes I see the same patients everyday before chemo, and sometimes I see them yearly for follow-ups after they are in remission. I see them when they are scared and when they are rejoicing.


The ability to care for people is something that I have felt is the highest honor I could have and I am so thankful for the health and ability to do that. As the years go by, it has taken more and more wear and tare to keep up my strength to be able to continue caring for those around me.


Lately I have been trying to focus on strengthening my body and mind so that I can continue to care for my family and my patients! The long hours at work makes it really hard to fit in going to the gym! Having a peloton would empower me to make my health more of a priority and more importantly, more attainable!

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