Meet Your Neighbor: Cindy Lang, 59
Cindy Lang of Palm Beach Gardens takes care of veterans both at work and at home.
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Q & A
What made you decide to go into nursing?
My family assumed that I would become a teacher like my mom and older sister. But, I always enjoyed math and science. At the University of Buffalo, a fellow microbiology student had just entered the nursing program. Her enthusiasm enticed me to apply for admission. After my first clinical rotation at the Syracuse VA Medical Center, I was hooked.
What do you and your husband like to do for fun?
We enjoy staying at the Shades of Green Military Hotel in Disney World and visiting Epcot Center. We love snow skiing and spending time at our vacation home in Banner Elk, N.C. We love to travel and spend time with our four children and five “grand dogs.”
What made you get interested in helping veterans with Agent Orange exposure?
I became interested in helping veterans with Agent Orange exposure in 1979 when I administered chemotherapy at the VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz., for one year. Last year, when one of my colleagues from the Syracuse VA spoke to me of the veteran who was in need of housing — as he was living in a tent by a river — my husband and I both agreed that we could lend a hand.
Do you have any heroes?
Dr. Jim Turchik, the chief of the infectious disease section at the Syracuse VA taught me so much about infectious diseases and served as a wonderful mentor at the beginning of my career. Marjorie Stenberg, the first infection control nurse at the West Palm Beach VA, inspired me to learn about a new disease every day and never stop pursuing education.
What are you grateful for?
The more we give of ourselves, the more we receive. I am truly blessed with a wonderful family, an awesome career and a stellar workplace.