In 1995, Margaret had her greatest wish granted following 2 years of chemotherapy to fight the acute lymphoid leukemia that unexpectedly crept into her life when she was just a little girl.
During the time that she was ill, Margaret listened to music while in the hospital and specifically music by Julie Andrews. These songs “got her through” the tough times, which is why her wish to meet the British actress/singer left a powerful impression on her life.
While on her wish, she and her family visited the tourist attractions in New York City and had a special meet-and-greet with Julie where they sang and played piano. “It was such an incredible visit,” said Margaret. “My whole family was able to go and I felt like we were von Trapp children.”
The impact of this event and her meeting with Julie has shaped Margaret’s life into what it is today.
Following chemotherapy, she continued her studies and graduated from Wiscasset High School. After college, she spent a summer in Pompeii working on an archaeological dig and furthered her travel with a missionary going to various countries around the world and is now local, working as a medical receptionist at OA Center for Orthopaedics. On the weekends, she earns extra money and has fun doing face painting and balloon twisting.
In 2012, celebrated 20 years cancer free as well as 30 years of life. Around that time, Margaret began looking at her career and decided that, because of her own experience, she would like to change paths to work specifically with children and their families who are living with life-threatening diseases. She has been taking courses to become a Child Life Specialist in a hospital or clinic setting.
“For many years I had told myself I would not enter the health profession, mostly because every time I entered a hospital or clinic the smells flooded back many memories,” said Margaret. “But, what draws me especially to this career path is the ability to use play therapy, music therapy, and art therapy something that greatly helped me when I was sick.”