SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) – Mother’s Day is a little sweeter for a Sun Prairie family after a battle with cancer and life during COVID.
Nicole Wayman has been a nurse at the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison for 20 years, eight of which in the Pediatric Cancer ward.
But she never thought her daughter would eventually become one of her patients.
On Sunday she and her daughters were busy making cakes for a neighbor who came home from the hospital.
For the past two and a half years, Wayman and her daughter Aubrey have spent a lot of time together there.
“I was her nurse every day, I gave her medicines for her nausea and for her pain, I gave her massages to help with pain, I even went to her haven for all her chemotherapy,” Wayman said.
The 13-year-old is now in remission after her battle with lymphoma.
While Wayman had always comforted parents in that situation, it was her worst nightmare that came true when the table turned.
But she says it made her a better nurse.
“That’s when that family is going through a crisis, and I want to have the biggest impact I can make on that 12-hour shift,” Wayman said.
After the two-and-a-half-year battle against cancer and the extra stress of COVID, they look to the future with more enthusiasm on Mother’s Day.
“Today you have to live in the moment, play a little longer, do a little more with the time you have,” she said.
This Mother’s Day also falls in the middle of National Nurses Week.
Wayman says it always helps her and her fellow nurses gain that appreciation, and says it rejuvenates them for their work every day.