Three years ago, Tisdale tragically lost her infant daughter, Rachael, to Spinal Atrophy Type I. Her experience with her daughter’s hospital stays in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, however, opened Tisdale’s eyes to the world of nursing. Now, she is studying at the Medical University of South Carolina to become a NICU nurse and lead bereavement groups in hospitals.
“Rachael taught me incredible patience, understanding and love, as well as how to react quickly and correctly in a life or death situation,” Tisdale said. She knows that her experiences will help her comfort other parents in similar situations.
Last year, Tisdale adopted a baby girl, Isabella, and hopes her new daughter will see through her mother how strong a woman she can be.
Tisdale will use the scholarship funds to assist with the costs of books and nursing supplies.