I thought this would be an interesting topic to see if cancer has effected your future plans. Has it changed your outlook on life? Did you decide to gear toward or stay far away from the medical field as a career? I am anxious to hear the responses!
My experience with cancer directly influenced my decision to go into nursing (and my goal of doing pediatric oncology nursing). I think it's common for us as survivors to want to "give back" in some way and for that to influence our career choices. I also know people, though, who can't go in a hospital without literally feeling sick because of all the memories they associate with treatment, so I guess it really depends on the person!
I feel the same way! I had always wanted to be a doctor, but having cancer really made me decide on it. Although I could never be an oncologist, I decided that I wanted to help people like my doctors help me. :)
My perspective on life and worldview as a whole definitely changed as a result of cancer. However, as far as careers are concerned, I have always wanted to be a mechanical engineering and that hasn't changed. I recently learned that there are lots of applications of mechanical engineering in the medical community, such as prosthetics and specialized equipment, which definitely appeal to me.
Having cancer definitely influenced my career plans; before I was diagnosed, becoming a doctor was in the back of my mind, but I was also throwing around the idea of being a teacher or a lawyer. Granted, I was in sixth grade, and career ideas tend to float around a lot then, anyway, haha. But like Jennifer pointed out, after experiencing the incredible kindness of my doctors and nurses, I felt the urge to give back to that community. I'm looking to go medical school, so we'll see how that goes!