Woman uses personal tragedy as motivation to help others

Woman uses personal tragedy as motivation to help others

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

After fighting it for years, cancer killed Caprece Hernandez two months before her daughter, Selena Arroyo, graduated high school.
During Caprece's battle Selena cared for her, while finishing school.  

"I had to feed her, take her to the restroom, and do a lot of other things as well. It was hard especially for me because it was my senior year," Arroyo said. 

At the time, Selena had no background in medicine, so she had to do some research to provide her mother the care she needed.    

"I wouldn't be where I am today without her because during my senior year she needed care. No one in my family knew how to take care of her the way they needed to. My school was providing a CNA course so I could learn how to take care of her the right way," Arroyo said. 

 She's now a nursing assistant for Covenant's Oncology department, A career path she never though of pursuing. 

"Without my mom I don't think I'd ever be interested in nursing. I had no insight as to what nursing was about. I didn't know what taking care of a person really meant. It had such a big impact on my life," Arroyo said. 

 Selena's pleased with the progress nurses are making

"We're here to help the families and give them comfort and let them know that they can trust in us with their children," Selena said. 

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