My journey as a caregiver began at age sixteen when my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. This new role came naturally to me, exposing my strengths – compassion, empathy, attention to detail, physical endurance, hardworking, quick thinking and the ability to listen, understand and respond. Nevertheless, the notion of nursing still never crossed my mind. One day after my grandmother had finished surgery , she laid in the hospital bed in a fragile state. I held her hand and spoke with her in a comforting manner to assure her that she would make it through this battle with cancer. It was at that point she looked at me and said the words that changed my life forever… “You Should Be A Nurse!” With these words I found a sense of duty and wholeness that I have never felt before, From this point on, my journey began. After completing my Bachelors in Nursing from Alcorn State University while on a full ride athletic soccer scholarship, I was able to obtain my nursing license. As a nurse of 6 years I have evolved and fostered my unique abilities, combining them with education and knowledge, allowing me to invest myself fully into the health and wellbeing of others. However, I decided I wanted to have more of an impact on patient care. I furthered my education and obtained my Masters in Family Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University. Now I am able to use my nursing skills along with my provider knowledge base to provide a family-centered approach, to influence and impact individualized child care that focuses on prevention, overall wellness, and education. This is not a career choice but it is who I am… A Caregiver.