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Meet Trailblazer Ana Wilkinson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ana Wilkinson.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a wife, mother, emergency nurse, and actress. I also run ultramarathons for awareness of different cancers or diseases. I work full time as an ER nurse and trying to balance my other passion for acting. Balancing my acting career, my medical career, and the joys of being a mother has been challenging but doable. It’s kind of like your kids, you can’t have a favorite but I love the excitement and the sense of reward that each part of my life brings me.

Running for awareness for different cancers or diseases is on my own time and not affiliated with my hospital. I go around San Diego at local stores and bring my poster board about cancer. If anyone has questions, I am there to answer them or direct them who can. I want to bring awareness to our community. Awareness is the first step to change.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
One of the biggest challenges that I face is the lack of a regular schedule in either of my jobs. From working in the ER with 12-hour shifts both day or nights and then always being on call to go to auditions and still having to make sure I pick up and drop off the kids at soccer practice, etc. All this is a constant struggle to try and mesh my schedule with my husband who is a firefighter and gone to work for days at a time.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am an emergency room nurse at a hospital that has a world renown cancer center and cardiac center and I see a large majority of patients with these specialized conditions. I find it very rewarding and very emotionally taxing at times, but I thrive on this. I love that I have multiple outlets for my passion and when one aspect is getting me down, I know that I am both helping people and entertaining them and this balance helps me to feel like I make a difference in peoples lives.

What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
Take a little bit off at a time. I heard an old saying once that a journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step. If I were to think about the amount of work that it would take to get to where I am today, I would’ve given up a long time ago, but I know that I’ve gotten as far as I have through perseverance and dedication and if I continue my path, I can do just about anything.

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