Finding What’s Possible
Brooklyn Taylor initially wanted to be a nurse, but found another interest along the way.
“Go for it! It’s not easy at first, but your instructors will help you understand what’s possible, one step at a time, and you will see that you can do hard things and you’ll find your way!”
As a freshman at Putnam City High School, Brooklyn Taylor intended to become a nurse with a start in Francis Tuttle’s pre-nursing program. She wanted to get started as soon as she could, but learning that she had to wait until her junior year, still focused on the healthcare profession, she applied to the BioSciences and Medicine Academy to begin as a sophomore, and never looked back. Now as a senior, Brooklyn’s capstone research project is focused on contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM), defined as when a woman who exhibits indicators that she could suffer breast cancer chooses to pre-emptively undergo a single or double mastectomy. She is researching the percentage of women who opted to have a CPM, their ages, and whether and what reconstruction options they chose. She has received an assist from her aunt, who is a surgeon and helped shape her passion for helping people, and works with a surgical group in the Dallas area who uses stomach tissue to reconstruct breast structure. Brooklyn has been accepted to Southwestern Oklahoma State University to pursue pharmacy, specializing as an oncology pharmacist, working with patients and conducting research. To students considering Francis Tuttle, and specifically the BSMA, Brooklyn said “Go for it! It’s not easy at first, but your instructors will help you understand what’s possible, one step at a time, and you will see that you can do hard things and you’ll find your way!”