Finish this. I still have to miss school or activities to spend the day at a medical center to receive medication. Throughout my hospital stays, doctor visits, and sick stay-at-home-days, it was immensely difficult for me to be positive and optimistic for the
In fact, I believe the reason behind my high academic achievement was not natural ability; rather, I always made sure that I was not over-confident of my abilities and prepared to do extra work to insure my success. I even came up with a saying to motivate myself: “Work hard enough so that it is impossible to fail.” This philosophy has allowed me to take stressful situations in stride. One such situation was raising my grade in Molecular Biology from a D to an A-. Thus, I feel that I would be of great use to the practice of medicine as I am no stranger to arduous
Ally, a young Crohn’s Disease sufferer, inspires me; she not only advocated for herself after needless public humiliation, but also fought for America’s 1.6 million sufferers of IBD-related issues. I intend to follow Ally’s lead and pursue the struggle for extended time on exams for all IBD teens and for special facilities to aid the comfort of these young
One of my biggest goals is to graduate college. My Type 1 diabetes certainly makes this difficult at times, but I will not let it stop me. The main reason diabetes is a barrier for me attending college is the stress and demand it adds to my life. Just like every other college student, I have the stress of classes, homework,
There were many times that I convinced myself that I was going to fail, but I was determined to finish. At the end of the year, received straight A 's, another standard that I wanted to hold myself to at the time. Since then, I have worked hard to maintain my grades despite my health. I eventually found the balance between my health issues and
The feeling of having your stomach in knots before jumping out of a plane, racing motorcycles, or driving through the desert is a hard feeling to replicate. I am glad that medicine has found me, because it to elicits a feeling of uncertainty and that is motivating to strive harder to be smarter to take better care of people, to make one less mistake then you did yesterday. While I will always enjoy my hobbies that most people shake their heads at in disbelief, I am lucky enough to have found a calling that brings out that same drive and determination to do what others wont, and to learn what others haven't. Entering a career in medicine where doctors are held to unthinkable standards, and no mistake can be a big one is a challenge I look forward to facing in my pursuit to care for
My ACL Tear Journey At The Hospital A quick turn on a soccer field led me to the worst experience in my life. A while back in my sophomore year I tore my ACL while I was practicing for my first soccer game of the school year. I made a quick turn without positioning my feet correctly on the ground. I thought that I broke my knee, but I never knew that after that day I would have experienced the worst day a month after on February 15th.
We found out I had Celiac Disease and they were sending us to Mayo Clinic in Rochester to see a Pediatric Gastroenterologist. The pediatric gastroenterologist was very knowledgeable about Celiac Disease and helped my mom a ton. The pediatric gastroenterologist told us that Celiac Disease was discovered during World War II because many people were sick before the war, but during the war there was a shortage in wheat flour so people were not sick anymore. He also told us that in 1999, one in every 3,000 people have Celiac Disease and he believes that many people have it and do not have any symptoms yet. After the history lesson, he scheduled an endoscopy for the next day because the true diagnosis of Celiac Disease is a biopsy of the small intestines.
The peak of these illnesses came during one of the most important and stressful times in my high school career, junior year. I suddenly lost two of my grandparents, my parents were going through a divorce, which caused me to move out of my childhood home and into a new house with my mother and little brother, and I watched my father struggle with an illness. Fortunately, I was able to recover with the help of doctors, friends, and family. Through this experience, I learned I find the most happiness and contentment by keeping myself busy with things to benefit others and when I can use my expertise while contributing to a group or project. The happiness I have found while bringing the gift of community to those in need of it, through my service projects, is unlike any happiness I have ever felt before.
My eyes were closed. I could not move, but I could hear everything. Doctors were yelling and frantically scurrying all around me. I could hear the shouting of medicines and dosages as doctors pushed fluids into my IV. Suddenly, everything went blank, and that 's all I remember from my first hospitalization.
When I was in third grade, I was diagnosed with a medical condition that required me to go to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh multiple times per month. It was boring, annoying, and sometimes painful. I never enjoyed going and that didn’t change as I got older. But when I just started going, I was very sick. Between the one hundred two-degree fever I had and the amount of blood they had to take out of me for tests, I felt miserable.
In the 9th grade, my grades dropped significantly. Practices with the academy was 45 minutes away. I had to carpool with other team mates, leaving school 30 minutes after it was done, and not coming home until aroun 9:00pm. This schedule repeated itself Monday through Thursday. Since being diagnoised with Osgood-Schlatters, I began to be extremely passionate about pursuing a career as an orthopedic surgeon.
I would always have to deal with stomach aches and live in constant fear that those stomach aches were not more ruptured intestine. I would also have to take medicine every day twice a day, something I had never had to do. Worst of all, it was forever, there was and is no cure for Crohn’s disease.
I laid on the couch and wouldn’t talk, so my mom made me a hot pocket to make me feel better. I wasn’t hungry. That was the day I started experiencing depression. After two days I started back eating like normal and moving some, but life had gotten frustrating because I was not able to
According to the Mayo Clinic staff (2014), chronic inflammation can create ulcers in the digestive system, located anywhere from the mouth to the anus, and also the genital area. Inflammation to the lining of the stomach, can lead to scars that can spread throughout the bowel wall completely. Mayo Clinic Staff (2014) state that Crohn’s causes the intestinal wall to become thickened as time goes by, which prevents food from digesting properly due to blockage making it hard for stools to pass by. Mucosa is what protects the stomach, by having Crohn’s, excess mucous is being produced which can make an individual feel as if they are always needing to go to the bathroom.