User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


54° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Giving Back What She's Been Given

January 20, 2009, 6:13 PM by Kelli Grant

Giving Back What She's Been Given
It's a lesson we've heard many times. If you're handed lemons, make lemonade. 

That can be easier said than done. But it's a motto one KELOLAND woman has had to follow her whole life. It's a motto she's now using to start her future in health care. 

For the last six years, 24-year-old Kendra Gottsleben has been getting enzyme treatments at Sanford Children's once a week.  She's been given so much by the nurses and staff there, and now she says she's finally able to give back.. 

We first introduced you to Kendra last fall as she continued her education at Augustana College and as she went through her weekly routine of getting enzyme treatments for a progressive degenerative condition. 

“The broad term is mucopolysaccharidosis. And then I have type six,” Gottsleben said back in September. 

It's hard to pronounce, and at times hard to live with, but it essentially means Kendra's cells build up with fatty tissue and her body doesn't produce an enzyme to clean the cells. 

Without this enzyme treatment, she would have died. 

“My heart could get worse. My eyes could get worse. My joints could get worse. It's just kind of stopping what could happen,” Gottsleben said. 

Without her doctors and nurses at Sanford Children's, her life would be very different.  That's why she's giving back. 

“Now the Children's Hospital will be pretty much a part of my life forever,” Gottsleben said. 

This month, Kendra has been working the ins and outs of a hospital that she calls her second home, as an intern for Children's Miracle Network. 

“It's, you know, strange being in the hospital but not as a patient,” Gottsleben said. 

When she graduates with a degree in sociology and psychology from Augustana next May, she hopes to make a career out of working with children in a hospital. 

“I'd like to counsel or be a confidante. Help during very difficult situations,” Gottsleben said. 

If anyone knows how to tackle a difficult situation, it's Kendra. At 3-feet, 2-inches tall her condition affects many of her organs, it narrows her airway, and it's the reason she stopped growing. 

But it's not stopping her from giving. 

“So I feel like with my experiences in a hospital setting that I can help them or children when they're having a tough time,” Gottsleben said. 

Working with CMN, an organization that touches every child's life at Sanford Children's Hospital is gratifying for this young woman and is helping her reach a life long goal. 

Previous Story

Next Story


RELATED STORIES


Sponsored
 

You may also like

Four Arrested In Church Vandalism

5/18/2015 1:47 PM

Three Sioux Falls residents face charges after allegedly breaking into a west central Minnesota church.

Full Story
Woman Says Man Drugged Her at Concert, Hopes Story Helps Others

5/19/2015 6:05 PM

It was supposed to be an unforgettable concert, but a woman says she cannot remember it because she believes someone drugged her.

Full Story | Watch
One Killed, Five Hurt In Crash Near Bowdle

5/18/2015 2:07 PM

A Colton man is dead and five other people are hurt following a crash on U.S. Highway 12 near Bowdle on Sunday.

Full Story
Chicken Doesn’t Recognize Boy After Hair Cut

5/19/2015 12:22 PM

Video of a young boy getting a hug from a chicken is collecting a flock of fans.

Full Story
Takata Air Bag Recall Becomes Biggest Ever In US

5/20/2015 5:19 AM

Takata's decision to add more than 18 million air bags to existing recalls comes following pressure from U.S. safety regulators.

Full Story


Events