Hi all. I’m new to the community, so I thought I’d share a bit about me… and what better way than through the 1st paragraph in my personal statement to medical school:
Six years old, sitting on my hands in my primary physician’s office, I wondered why he wouldn’t look up from his clipboard as he stated that I had Type 1 diabetes. He did not try to relate to how my family and I would manage my new condition. My mom was away on business trips every weekend and my dad tended to faint while handling needles. Because my physician did not realize that my parents were unable to help me treat my disease, I was left to suffer seizures and blackouts for the next 12 months. Early on I learned the hard way that doctors can fail. Rather than losing faith in medicine, I was inspired to offer a different story for my patients and their families: a story of feeling understood and empowered.
SOOoO I didn’t know anyone else with diabetes until college, but it remained this unspoken topic, and I’m hoping to feel less alone via joining this forum. Maybe I’ll address my underlying resentments and anxieties towards this disease before going on to med school! Wouldn’t that be nice
But I look forward to using you all as a resource and hopefully as a sounding board!