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D&C: Erin Harkins with Caitlin Stratton

Aug 19, 2014|

Erin was diagnosed in January with Ewing sarcoma and her treatment has included chemotherapy and radiation. She'll be a senior at West Bridgewater High but is currently going to night school due to illness. After graduation she would like to attend Massasoit Community College and eventually work as an activities coordinator at the Jimmy Fund Clinic. Her favorite thing about the Jimmy Fund Clinic is her nurse Caitlin, who joined her for this interview. Caitlin is an infusion nurse who has appeared on the Radio-Telethon before. Caitlin and Erin have been able to bond because of tough love and TLC. Erin often refers to Caitlin as her "Jimmy Fund Mom."

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Patient and -- and Stratton is a pediatric nurse at the Dana -- now we've talked to you before you ask how are you look at Harry and I -- good to see you -- here last year with Monica -- us now will catch up that had to come out of Michelle yeah on Judith via and I joke there. How are yeah I'm an Caitlin I mean I'm sorry -- -- -- you. Tell us about your story. Time. I was diagnosed 17 December 16. And EU. Is -- with the pain in my hip pilots hit. At its convenience and excited audiences is -- confident on the ballet Tintin. While everything. Ask them to break dancing did not -- to continuing in regulatory. And it's Brockton hospital. They took X rays and that was wrong. And Atlanta about a month without any attention to it and that that have got a phone -- thing that I had to go in the box. Two X is down. Headed gotten worse amendment had if it got the point rankings that Tibetan and I'm like. And it's Boston and -- diagnosis. To some sixteen and what do you think when you heard that word. Adding -- thing depressing and I thought -- -- here. That scared -- I asked them out the first question math -- -- -- gas. That's really took me but that I realized. Wait around my treatment that -- -- -- My wiring yeah. I -- that I am bigger things. There. And how you do now that's but eight months ago he asked I'm I'm Cindy and I actually talked until there next I'm excited. Consume my years ago that I. These things. You can have them big -- had -- -- note he asked and things aren't going back to the hands and it's time next -- good for you. Yeah well good to legitimize hat collection now as you're looking at -- right I. Is it. Change your priorities I mean Lisa share rose tells us. This is toughest on teenagers because there's so much going on your -- dance and you know and proms and school college come enough some sports I mean there's just like Conan teenager's life and then all kind of comes to a halt. When you're diagnosed. Was it. What was the toughest part and then what are you looking forward to the most from the get through this. Times its toughest part would have to be just going to the -- and Sam might get sick. At -- toughest in. Being able to go with friends with OK and say Brent in terms. Yeah. Did you go have you had a chance to go for a girls night out we've we've gone that. All the girls from the clinical. I have. -- -- that they had. That's right some double fault and all things to make that yes sign up for that that a priority got to do that. Who did you get the spring training I did you did I was that. And what what is best for -- yeah yeah tell me about that on. And that a lot of kids I -- A couple of times now. -- -- -- That. -- delves into those 200. -- you know yeah. Arm. What happens what happens on the yeah on the could strip -- bucket to young people stripped for entry we lost the game yet. Eat a lot of food. You know like how can a nice hotel with the water park right we day I was a whether it was nice to play ball. Now right now because coming -- that didn't. Well a Welsh is either in the middle road yes I'm -- -- and the amendment. And -- David Ross played some games with you guys that he not catcher. He's all grown up now to -- it would only demonized like -- -- -- know I think he played in yeah yeah yeah. She had a good time. How was it different relating to the kids down and spring training verses the one you run into when you're in the clinic it's a different feeling isn't it. It is time is because you're away. All let out some way I talk to people want my age and let them in the clinic had talked to the -- the -- Yeah. I'm really close at Madison do we mean as she -- sometimes and same time. We talked arts and crafts together. And it it's different connection. With little kitten. And as with kids my -- It's a tough question -- kid you're still -- but you think you'll be. A better person you think of a different outlook on life when you get through this whole ordeal. I've already had a different outlook from the beginning of it it changed certainly that I look at other people. And it opened my eyes kids with disabilities. Bigger than mine and just keep -- that. On it changed -- -- it really turned my life around when he wanted to do when you're when you're older when you're grown up. Especially that question yet dashing back and arm and go for child life and -- -- Jimmy Fund nice. Yeah. Really wanna be like Caitlin. I wanna be like Janet. All you wanna be like a play lady yes yes -- that sounds like a pretty good connect can't Stratton is pediatric nurse Kalin is there are connective thread between all the young people that you work through our work will. Beyond obviously the fact that -- all do with cancer. In terms of her attitude in terms of you know their fears their hopes whatever the case may be is there something that unites the -- Thanks so. I think for the teenagers especially I think it's really hard to go through treatment as a teenager especially when your advice books are so many things that happened in high school getting your license and being with your friends and going a prominent missing all those things when you're going to treatment is hard because that's kind of what defines. In high school for you so. I think you know the trips are really important. Because it allows them to see that they're not the only teenager going through that and you know that there's someone else is dealing with the same things that missed the same things that they can talk to ensure. About how they feel you know. How does that shape what you do on a daily basis. Or does it I don't know I think for me I think children and teenagers are the most resilient in. Kids just do it they just comment. It it it's just part of their life they just kind of accepted it's a little bit easier ice for me at least. C a a child do it and to see an adult to but I think children just. There whimsical and they just you know like they just go with the flow they don't think about. The bigger picture right necessarily them. To feel sorry for themselves and you have to you know smack him from fancy can't do that that's it that's it going we gonna -- that's. Com or is that more than adult thing I think maybe more of an adult thing I don't know I mean. I don't ever see -- feel sorry for herself herself maybe like once in awhile so get a little bit down but. You know I always try to make her laugh and make her smile and make her think about something else. We have a good time together -- clinic. How often yet from the the clinic care. And be at the week and then once. Every other week in and everywhere and how long you've therefore. It depends it -- if I'm doing -- -- engaged in. Transfusion. From different check. Probably the longest -- -- analysts. 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Right now the street Brockton -- -- and very nice to meet you continued success and good luck to you Caitlin Stratton did you see you again get to see Tim thanks very much.

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