Rene: RN in Cath Lab

October 8, 2014—In this very special edition, we’re featuring a member of the Cheyenne Regional staff who has been through a LOT, and despite it all, has never stopped showering her love and care on our community!

Meet Rene. She’s an RN in the Cath Lab and has been with Cheyenne Regional for 27 years. In December 2010, Rene was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer. It quickly became stage 4 within two months. Up until that point, she didn’t have any symptoms pointing to cancer, and the cancer was found as a result of another procedure she was having done. Upon learning of her diagnosis, she was scheduled for surgery and underwent an operation in February of 2011. In the last four years, Rene has undergone 6 different chemotherapy treatments, and went into remission for a total of 7 months during that time. Amazingly, she never quit working at the hospital! Despite toting around her chemo treatment at times while on the floor, she said that the last thing she wanted to do was stop nursing.

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“My true passion is nursing. I’ve always wanted to be a nurse, even as a little girl! It’s always been a dream of mine to be able to take care of patients the way I want to be taken care of.”

She credits her colleagues and the Cheyenne Regional staff with being a huge support system and encouragement for her.

“Constance and the staff had a fundraiser for me awhile back to raise money for a trip to Las Vegas with my family. And the physician support has been absolutely amazing. A thousand times, THANK YOU!”

Over the years at Cheyenne regional, Rene has held a variety of positions, including management until more recently. She worked full time hours during most of her treatment, but determined recently that she needed to decrease stress and allow herself more time to relax with family. She said that her transition to working in the Cath Lab has been a positive one, and she’s grateful to her coworkers in that unit for being so supportive and enjoyable to work with.

Rene is still battling cancer and exploring more options for treatment, as her body has had a resistance to the chemotherapies up to this point. In the meantime, she’s still rocking it and bringing cheer to our patients and staff while not missing a single beat.

“I’m off chemo now, and have been off for a month. I’m waiting for a new trial that I’ll hopefully be able to be a part of. I live my life one day at a time. I want to work! I don’t want to sit at home and feel sorry for myself. I’m a people-person, I can tell you that! If I can hug someone and make them feel good, it’s been a good day. I can guarantee that the people I see will receive great care from me!”

Rene is such an inspiration! Her colleague Tristan contacted us to share Rene’s story with us because she has been so blown away and inspired by Rene and her amazing passion and positivity. Hugs and love to you, Rene! We’re so blessed to have you on our team, and our prayers and best wishes go out to you as you continue to fight the good fight and be an example for all of us. Thank you for sharing your story!

You can also view Rene’s feature on Facebook!