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Full circle

By Vaseline May31,2024
Full circle

Adam Pike’s lifelong dream has come true.

When the nursing graduate was four years old in the spring, he was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Days later he underwent surgery, during which doctors removed a tumor the size of a kiwi from his brain.

That was just the beginning of the little boy’s ordeal. Years of chemotherapy, radiation and visits to Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Center lay ahead of him.

Today, Mr. Pike is cancer-free and will take the stage to receive his Bachelor of Science in Nursing during convocation ceremonies at St. John’s Arts and Culture Center on Friday, May 31.

During his treatment, he met countless dedicated and kind pediatric nurses who cared for him in countless ways.

It was this support that inspired him to become a nurse.

Adam Pike, right, with his father Jason atop the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.
Adam Pike, right, with his father Jason atop the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

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“The care I received at the Janeway when I was sick motivated me to be able to provide the same care to other children so they could feel the same way I did,” said Mr. Pike, who is from St. John’s.

Last winter he was assigned to the Janeway for a clinical placement on the same unit where he was cared for by numerous pediatric nurses.

Whether it was fate or coincidence, he walked into Janeway Hospital as a student nurse, seventeen years to the day he was admitted there to begin the battle against his brain tumor.

“I feel so lucky to be able to care for patients again and give back to a place that has given me so much.” – Adam Pike

Within a few days he was assigned to care for an oncology patient.

“It felt really satisfying to be able to care for patients again and give back to a place that has given me so much,” he said.

Now with his degree in hand, Mr Pike has accepted a position at St. Clare’s Hospital in St. John’s.

He says he looks forward to making a difference in patients’ lives and hopes to return to the Janeway as a nurse.

He encourages anyone considering nursing training to go for it, as the rewards are second to none.

“It’s so worth it,” he says. “All the hard work pays off when you see your patients getting better. It’s the most rewarding feeling in the world.”

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Mandy Cook is news editor at Marketing & Communications. She can be reached at [email protected].

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