Saturday Open Thread

I hope you enjoy this weekend with family and friends.

I try and bring positive news on Saturdays.

Congratulations, young lady. Many positive thoughts as you proceed through your academic journey.

This Spelman Graduate Is Honoring Her Late Sister By Pursuing Her Dream Of Becoming A Doctor
September 27, 2017

“While studying at Spelman my junior year, I lost my oldest sister, Angel, to stage four triple negative breast cancer. I was devastated, faced with the decision to continue my studies or take a break from my education. I chose to stay the course because that’s what she would have encouraged me to do. The aftermath of my sister’s death took a toll on my grades. Although the road was full of bumps and potholes of obstacles I graduated on time from Spelman.

Following her death, I dealt with much grief and depression, seriously contemplating suicide. I wanted to trade places with her on numerous occasions. This pain affected me to the point where it was hard to eat some days, and it was even more challenging to wake up. It seemed like medical school was out of the question and that my dream was going to end there.

However, I refused to give up my pursuit of becoming a doctor. I came to realize that my destiny was more important than my desires. I started to throw myself into new opportunities that I would have never attempted to think about before her death. Angel had taught me to travel and try new things, so I started living in order to honor her life instead of focusing on her death.

Striving to enhance my medical school resume, I went back to school and received my Master of Science with a concentration in Biochemistry from Drexel University College of Medicine. Afterwards, I took several premedical courses, participated in medical preparation programs, and studied for the MCAT. After applying and going through several interviews and hearing a lot of ‘no’s,’ I finally got my ‘Yes!’. I realized that nothing can bring me down unless I let it and I have to just keep going no matter what.

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12 Responses to Saturday Open Thread

  1. Ametia says:

    MNBC Live- hour lead- in “Trump’s having a bad week” ?????????????????


  2. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    You are an inspiration and will be a medical doctor who will have so much to give your patients! Congratulations!!!

    I love your sister Angel’s advice to you:

    Angel used to always tell me to ‘stop living off of your potential and start living up to it.’

    Rikyrah, thanks for posting her story!

  3. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😐😐😐

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