Registered Nurse, Oncology, Aurora Healthcare
RN, Columbia College of Nursing
WBCC board member
My name is Eric Buhler, and I am a breast cancer advocate. Those three words are symbolic for me, and truly define who I am. It has shaped who I am, and it has guided me to a career in nursing working with cancer patients.
I grew up in Racine and graduated from Washington Park High School. I had the typical childhood, spending time outside playing sports and keeping involved with school events. However, I never got the chance to meet my grandmother on my father’s side of the family. She passed away when I was an infant, of breast cancer.
Life went on until I was twelve. The year was 2002, and I had just lost my other grandmother to what the oncologist described as “cancer of unknown origin.” I was devastated, as my grandmother was one of my best friends and I held a strong bond with her. If that was not enough, the following summer in 2003, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. This was an extremely difficult time in my life, and as a young teenager, it made a lasting impact emotionally. It was because of this time in my life that I knew that I had to go to college to do something healthcare related, later realizing that nursing was my calling.
Unfortunately, in December of 2011, my mom was once again diagnosed with another primary breast cancer, in the opposite breast. You have memories during the course of your life, which I believe shape the person you are. I was there both times my mother was diagnosed, and those memories for me are everlasting. For me, her second diagnosis was my wake up call. From there on out, no matter what it took, or how hard it would be, I would dedicate my life to the eradication of breast cancer. It is what has propelled me to join the WBCC and the National Breast Cancer Coalition.
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