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Carol Adrienne Your Unfolding Path
A Quarterly Column
Oct-Dec 2005
by Carol Adrienne, Ph.D.

When Life Changes or You Wish It Would by author, Carol Adrienne
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Carol Adrienne's work and teachings have been a great inspiration to me!  In August of 1998, about four months after my father passed away, I read about one of Carol's workshops in a Learning Annex catalog and synchronistically found her book on a bookshelf at the bookstore.  The themes of her teachings were familiar and comforting, as they confirmed the thoughts and ideas my father had shared with me shortly before his passing.  Her books and workshops ignited my spiritual curiosity, setting me on my soulful life path, which led to the very creation of SoulfulLiving.com!  Carol's participation has been an integral part of SoulfulLiving.com, at its soul level!  Thank you, Carol, with all my heart!
~Valerie, Founder and Soul, SoulfulLiving.com

The Rain Drops of Change

This month I received an email from Kyle T., which prompted me to ask her about how she had found her purpose and right livelihood.   She lives in Baltimore, MD and is now a surgical oncology nurse.  In her mid thirties, Kyle was a career counselor, but was looking for a change. She didn’t have a sense of what her life purpose might be. Now, looking back, she sees how everything came into place.  Kyle says, “I recognize now that there were special moments throughout my life. They were like individual drops of rain at first. They came quietly and without significance. But over time they grew into a clear pool into which I could look and see a reflection of what was meant to be.”


Review Your Early Interests

As I often counsel people to do, Kyle looked back at her early interests—which happened to be anatomy books and the intricacies of the human body.  In middle school, she was excited about health class projects.  In college, she was drawn to an advanced psychology course. Another vivid memory was attending a guest lecture by a young woman who was dying from breast cancer. During her senior year at college, she had volunteered at a hospital. She remembers, “I was amazed by how readily the cancer patients shared their hopes and fears with me, a complete stranger. I even considered going into nursing then, but I had too many interests and also did not want to take math and chemistry. In time I selected a double major in English and psychology.

Another piece of the puzzle was attending a lecture [a friend had an extra ticket] by Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, author of On Death and Dying, who talked about working with terminally ill patients, and the five stages of grief.  “The following year, to the consternation of my faculty,” says Kyle, “I did one of my papers on counseling terminally ill patients.  After graduation I began to work in Student Affairs, but the drops of rain continued to gather. For example, I did a brief stint as a hospital volunteer in pediatrics, and would occasionally find myself “lost” in interesting books and magazines in the nursing library at the University where I worked.


Keep Exploring

However, like so many people, Kyle felt she had “too many interests,” and was having trouble narrowing down what to do. “I wanted something which would make my heart sing, and where I could make a difference in people’s lives.  I took business and psychology courses, went on an archeological dig, observed law classes, and took the LSAT.  I poured through graduate school catalogs. Then I thought of nursing. Nursing was something in which I could combine all my interests--counseling, science, management, education, research, and writing.  Plus, I could truly make a difference.”

Kyle began to make her transition. She started the pre-requisites for nursing school--including the dreaded chemistry. She also volunteered on Saturday evenings at a shock/trauma center.  “Both chemistry and shock/trauma were my litmus tests to see if this was really something I wanted to do!  It was the longest summer I ever had, but I survived them both.”


Notice the Signs

Another big question for Kyle was about her age. Could she make a major career change at forty? As she pondered this question, she was “drawn” to the Clara Barton House, a national historic site, which commemorates the life of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. Although the house was only about five miles from where she lived, Kyle had never visited it in the fifteen years she had lived in the Washington, DC area. “As I listened to the tour guide,” says Kyle, “I was amazed to hear that, just like myself, Clara had started out in education. And--she volunteered as a nurse in the Civil War at the age of forty! This was a sign, I thought. If Clara could survive the battlefields at the age of forty, then surely I could survive the challenges of a modern hospital! Thus began my transition. I sold some of my belongings and moved into a group house to save money. I traded my briefcase for a backpack and was on my way!”

It took sixteen months to complete the accelerated nursing program. To cover the costs of rent and tuition, Kyle started to look for a job and began to make calls to nurse managers at various facilities. “More raindrops mysteriously appeared.  The first place I applied was a surgical oncology floor, and I got a job as a nursing assistant!  Balancing school and work was a challenge, and being a perfectionist, I was often hard on myself. One week, after a particularly rough clinical rotation, I thought about dropping out of school during my last semester. One of my preceptors had yelled at me for not taking proper care of a patient and had left me in tears. I was ready to quit and went to see my faculty advisor. I entered her office, but before I could say a word, she asked if I had considered a master’s degree in nursing. She said there was a new Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track with a focus in oncology.”

Kyle stayed in school and graduated in December, 1993--at a time when the nursing market was extremely tight. Months went by, and she couldn’t find a job anywhere.  “There were nights when I wondered why I had come so far, and had made so many sacrifices, only to be left unemployed. I had to “still” my thoughts and trust fate. I strongly felt this was something I was meant to do.”  

Darkest Before Dawn

With just enough money left for one more month’s rent and about $25 for gas and groceries, Kyle started to panic, when the phone rang.  A recruiter asked if Kyle would be interested in Surgical Oncology.  They unexpectedly had a position.  She interviewed, got the job, and started work just in time to pay the next month’s rent!

About a year later she was accepted for the oncology nurse practitioner program, which had previously been mentioned by her advisor. From the very start, she was excited, and continually skimmed employment ads in nursing journals for ideas. “One day I saw a position which made my heart sing! The job was perfect! All the raindrops had come together and I could clearly see a reflection of what I was meant to do. It was nine months before graduation, but I sent my resume and letter of application anyway. Three months later I got a call asking if I would be interested in covering the position part-time until they could hire someone. I accepted, and here I am over six years later!

“My career has drawn together ALL of my previously noted interests in a wonderfully fulfilling way. Currently I am a nurse practitioner who works with patients who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer. I'm involved in diagnosis and management, education, writing, hospice, patient and family support, and research.  It's a great feeling when patients tell me I have found my "calling" in life or when they tell me what a difference I made in their lives.  One of my greatest compliments was a young woman who told me that the surgeon, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist got rid of her cancer, but I was the one who gave her back her life again and made her ‘whole.’  Yes, I think I found one of the purposes of my life!”You may contact Kyle at kterrell@jhmi.edu

Carol Adrienne, Ph.D. is an intuitive counselor and life coach who has helped thousands of people work through doubt, procrastination, and obstacles to create the life they want to live. Private consultations and coaching available. Contact her at Carol22@sonic.net

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