Carmen keeps on dreaming
DREAMS are worth fighting for, not matter what obstacles stand in your way.
When Jandowae woman Carmen Duvel was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma at 18-years-old, she didn't let it phase her and she is now fulfilling her dream of becoming a childcare worker thanks to a $2000 Redkite and Coles Dare to Dream Scholarship.
"Since I was little I always knew I wanted to have a career to do with helping children, but I thought it was by being a teacher,” Miss Duvel said.
"It was not since I got diagnosed and was faced with the thought of dying did I realise that I wanted to work in childcare and pursue my dream.
"If I am ever faced with something like that again, I want to know that I have pursued my dreams and goals and overall be happy with the life I have lived.”
Miss Duvel is currently in remission with quarterly hospital check-ups, and is intent on capitalising on her 'second chance' at life.
"In 10 year's time I hope to have finished my diploma and to have also finished a diploma in being a centre director,” she said.
"I want to ensure that the children in my care have the best possible start to life and that I have made a positive impact on their lives, ensuring that they know they are cared for, loved and looked after.
"Overcoming a major unexpected hurdle so young has given me more drive and passion for achieving my goals.
"Knowing that I have a 'second' chance at achieving them, which gave me no hesitation to change my degree from primary school to childcare and my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner.”
Miss Duvel currently works at Goodstart Early Learning in Dalby.