Friday, November 25, 2011

working girl

Back in 2006 when it was time for me to start thinking about finding child care for Avery so I could go back to work,  I just couldn't do it.  I remember the day I started looking and just got this feeling that I should stay home with her.  Luckily, we were able to make it work out financially and that was it.  I was done with my full time job-no more paycheck, no more benefits.  After being in the work force for 10 years.  It was weird at first but I have gotten the hang of this stay at home mom thing over the past 5 years.  For a while I worked part time (from home mostly) as a grant writer for a wonderful organization for children and adults with Down syndrome.  I was pregnant with Nolan when I started that job and had to give it up once he was crawling.  But I had gotten the "bug" so to speak.  I knew I wanted to get a job again once the kids were a little older but I really had no clue what I wanted to do.

Enter Rett syndrome and Katie's Clinic.  ( you can read about our very first visit HERE.  )

Shortly after that first visit I got up the nerve to mention to a few key people there that if there was ANY job I could do for them, I would be more than willing and able to do it.  Fast forward about a year and I am asked if I would be willing to take the coordinator position once the current person (the amazing Pat!) retired.  The question hadn't even been fully asked before a resounding YES fell from my lips.  I became an official clinic volunteer shortly after that and over the past 6 months or so have gotten to know the amazing group of people at the clinic.  About two weeks ago, the position was finally posted and I applied.  On Tuesday, I got an email and I am starting next week!  It is a 24 hour a week position for now, but the plan is to increase it a bit in the future.  Ill be taking intakes for new families, scheduling clinic days and coordinating the Natural History Study in March and October.  I will likely also be doing some speaking to schools and some grant writing. 

Im so excited because I know this is a job I can do and do well.  Im nervous to learn all that need to learn in a short period of time-but I know that the team will be there for me and help me out along the way.  Life is going to change a little and I cannot wait to get into a new groove.  I just couldn't be happier-Im going to work for a fantastic clinic at a renowned hospital with incredible people doing game changing stuff for families like ours.  sounds pretty darn perfect to me.


Marta said...

Good luck, Erica! It sounds like you're starting an exciting new chapter in your life :-)

mj said...

hooray! wish you were OUR coordinator. our new one won't call us back. ugh.

Tina said...

Congratulations on the new job!