Valorie Randle is a first-year Clark student, second-year Clark employee, and Stage-4 breast cancer survivor. Randle was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, causing her to leave her job at Papa John’s. After making a full recovery, she had difficulty finding employment.
“People were all looking at the gap in my work,” she said. “They’re not supposed to discriminate against medical history, but they do.”
During her search to find work, the Clark College bookstore hired Randle. On the first day of Fall quarter, she worked as she spoke to The Indy, stocking supplies with hardly a pause for a breath.
Working in a college environment made her miss attending school, which she’d always loved, she said. She chose to enroll in classes.
Her experience with breast cancer inspired her to help others affected by health issues.
Randle decided to earn her medical reception certificate.
“I want to work in healthcare, but I don’t think I have the mental fortitude to be a doctor or surgeon,” she said.
She hopes to finish her certificate by spring.
Editor’s note: Randle uses she/her or they/them pronouns. For clarity, this profile is written with she/her pronouns.