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My name is Alix Comeau. I'm from New Hampshire and I graduated with my bachelor's degree in nursing from Regis College in 2014. Serving others has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember, and the dream of being able to use my skills in a developing country was the driving force behind my decision to pursue nursing. Regis, located about twenty minutes from Boston, has a sizable Haitian population, and along the way, I became good friends with a number of Haitian students and staff members. Through these wonderful friends, I was introduced to Haitian food, music, and culture, and fell in love with all of it (well, maybe except for the five-hour-long church services). I made the decision to teach myself the language one day when one of my friends was talking about me in Creole to some of his other friends. I told him, "I'm gonna learn Creole so I'll know what you're saying about me!" So I did. Looking back, I smile about how seemingly silly and arbitrary this decision was, when really, unbeknownst to me at the time, God was in the center orchestrating all of it.
Once I had learned Creole, I searched for opportunities to visit Haiti, and I went for the first time in December 2012. From that first visit, I found the place where my heart feels the happiest, and since then, I've been a total of 8 times. That summer, I volunteered at an orphanage for children with disabilities, helping the children with physical therapy. Though I have always loved children, this is where I discovered my heart for disability care. The following summer, after graduating from nursing school, I returned to the same orphanage, where I worked alongside the Haitian nursing staff to address the medical needs of the children, as well as in a small community hospital in Port au Prince.
In the winter of 2014, I returned to the States to search for a nursing job, and in Feb. 2015, I began my career on the Cardiac Intermediate Care Unit of Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH. On CICU, I have gained invaluable experience and made lasting friendships. While I have loved my time on CICU, and was able to return to Haiti during my vacations, I continued to pray and wait for the right time to go back longer term.
That time is now! When I heard about Haiti Mama, my heart was so happy. Family reunification and orphan prevention are concepts that I feel so strongly about. My friend Lauren, who works for Haiti Mama, had been texting me for about a week, searching for advice when one of the children was hospitalized. I kept saying, "I wish I could just be there to help," and then one day God said, "You can." I am so excited to become a part of this organization in October. I'm hoping to be able to use my nursing skills to work alongside the Haitian staff and provide education to prevent illness, stabilize and treat acute and chronic conditions, advocate, and be available for any emergent situations. This is Haiti, and things rarely go as planned, so really I'm open to help in any way that God will use me.