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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by AA, Feb 28, 2002.

  1. AA


    I've been following this board for quite a while, and I really like the atmosphere here. People actually want to help! Congrat to all those who've got admission, and best wishes to those still waiting!
    <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />

    I'm still a little froshy in college. I've always wanted to go to med school, but I'm never too sure if the lifestyle is the thing I want. Family is everything for me. Plus I'm an international student (on F-1 visa), and I know going to a US med school is almost impossible. I sort of made up my mind that I want to give a try. I didn't do that well last semester because I was still adjusting, but I'm doing pretty well this semester until... I was diagnosed with pancytopenia. The cause has not been found yet. I'm perfectly fine right now, but I don't know what'll happen to me in 10 years. After talking to a bunch of docs, I realize what a difference a good doctor makes. I want to be a doctor, and I know I can be a good doctor... but can I? I'll have bad immune system because of my low wbc count. I have inefficient platelets and low rbc. I don't know what is going to happen in the future. I really don't know. I'm not afraid though, coz I know no matter what, God will lead my way b/c he loves me. We'll see what happens. For now, I just want to do well in my next week's bio and chem midterms! And then have a great spring break! Same to you all... God bless you all, and take care. :)

    Just a quick question. I was reading the other post, and is it really better to take the MCAT before junior year? I would have finished bio, chem, orgo chem by that time. I already have the basic physics, math skills though. I plan to work on my verbal this summer. Any suggestions?
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  3. Amy B

    Amy B I miss my son so much Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    Let me be the first to say "Welcome"

    Take the MCAT as SOON as you have taken all the classes you will need.
    I hope you still want to go to med school 4 years from now. I must admit this whole process has worn me down and made me think twice about throwing in the towel.

    Good luck and best wishes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
  4. The Fly

    The Fly Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    DEFINITELY Take the MCAT after your sophomore year--I cannot state that emphatically enough--then (you wont!) if you need to take it again, you can without taking a year off for that one purpose (taking a year off is great--but not for the MCAT).

    It'll all be fresh in your head, which will make things SO much easier. I did well, but I wish I took it after my sophomore year.

    Best of luck DayDreamGirl! :)
  5. Optimistic

    Optimistic Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2001
    Just wanted to wish ...Goodluck :)
  6. I got in

    I got in Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 10, 2002
    Hey Angie
    Good luck with your midterms. Hope you do well. I am also anxiously waiting for my spring break. Fla here I come.........................
    :p :p :p
    Again, welcome
  7. Original

    Original Ogori-Magongo Warrior 7+ Year Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Hey Angie! Welcome to SDN. I'm an I-student (F1 visa) as well, and I just got accepted to a few U.S med schools. You can send me a PM if you have any questions. Good luck and kick the sh!t out of your midterms :)
  8. AA


    Hey thanks for all the encouragement and suggestions. I think I'll definitely give MCAT a shot before my junior year. I just hope I'd be ready by then! I've been looking at the med schools (I know, I know, it's quite early to even think about that, but I like to dream :cool: ) I like schools that give me a chance to have direct contact with the patients asap. That's what doctors are trained for, agree? I love talking to people. I've been volunteering at the local hospital and it was lots of fun chatting with the patients and their family, and most importantly, they LOVE to talk to me. I had to put the volunteering down for now becuase of my condition + midterms, but I'm hoping to go back after break. I'm really like duke's website. Their website and this <a href="" target="_blank">web page</a> are two websites that helped me made up my mind. I totally recommend the second one. I just want to know if there's any other schools that are like duke? I love research (and I'll be starting sophomore yr :) ), but I love personal contact with people in need even more! I don't think I'm making much sense... should go to bed now.

    btw, here is a song I really like. The words have strengthened my faith numerous times.

    Listen To Our Hearts
    By Geoff Moore & Steven Curtis Chapman

    How do you explain
    How do you describe
    A love that goes from east to west
    and runs as deep as it is wide
    You know all our hopes
    Lord, you know all our fears
    Words cannot express the love we feel
    But we long for you to hear

    So listen to our hearts
    Hear our spirits sing
    A song of praise that flows
    from those you have redeemed
    We will use the words we know
    To tell you what an awesome God you are
    But words are not enough
    To tell you of our love
    So listen to our heart

    If words can fall like rain
    from these lips of mine
    And if I have a thousand years
    I would still run out of time
    So if you listen to my heart
    every beat will say
    Thank you for the life
    Thank you for the truth
    Thank you for the way

    "Thank you Lord,
    For everything you have given me in life
    I love you." - Angie

    God bless you all, and thanks again for leaving me a note. :)
  9. Original

    Original Ogori-Magongo Warrior 7+ Year Member

    Sep 2, 2001

    How awesome is that? :) I got accepted to Duke and will most likely be going there in the fall. No two med schools are alike. Duke is even especially unique due to their condensed 1st yr curriculum, and free 3rd yr. They also get into the hospital full-time by 2nd yr (one year earlier than other schools). However, most U.S med schools will avail you of the opportunity to conduct research, volunteer in the community, and get early exposure to patients. You sound very strong willed! Like I said earlier, feel free to PM me anytime. Even after I stop posting on SDN. Though considering the SDN junkie that I currently am, I don't see that happening anytime soon. :D
  10. Jameson

    Jameson Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 26, 2001
    Angie -
    That song rocks, one of my personal favorites! Nice to see a fellow believer. God bless you in this trying process :D
  11. AA


    My second blood test came out. The numbers are going down. I'm not terrified or anything b/c God is with me, but I'm just scared to tell people. Being sick, and knowing that myself is one thing. People keep asking you if you're ok is another. It's a weird feeling that's hard to put into words. You have to be in the situation to know what it feels like. So far, I've only told one of my close friends who'd called a while ago. My mom is coming to the States tomorrow (20hr flight!) so that she can be with me when I go get the bone marrow biopsy on monday. A lot of people are praying for me right now, and truthfully, I am not afraid. I just hope I have to courage to face my concerned friends. Take care, all. I still have bio and chem to study for tomorrow... and I'm VERY behind! :p
  12. Original

    Original Ogori-Magongo Warrior 7+ Year Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    I wish you the best!
  13. Original

    Original Ogori-Magongo Warrior 7+ Year Member

    Sep 2, 2001

    I doubt you'll read this today since you're probably currently having the marrow biopsy. I find your story inspiring and admire your strength and determination. Let us know how things go. Best wishes! :)

  14. brandonite

    brandonite Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Oct 19, 2001
    Manitoba, Canada
    Hey, good luck with everything!

    I'm a potential international as well. It makes things complicated, but not impossible.

    As to the lifestyle... One of the best things about medicine is that you have a great deal of flexibility. If you choose to make family a priority, it's certainly open to you. The reason you hear the bad stories about medicine is that, I think, most doctors don't make family a priority. And there are certain specialties, such as surgery, where you just have to be at the hospital a lot. But if you choose the right specialty, and make time for family a priority, it's very possible to do both.

    Good luck!
  15. AA


    The bone marrow biopsy was much better than I thought it'd be. The anesthetic worked well, and it's just uncomfortable when the doctor's pulling the bone marrow and drilling on the bone. My mom, who was watching the procedure, said there was lots of blood and was really scary. Thank God I didn't have to watch. :rolleyes: Anyways, going back to my chem now. Thanks for all the encouragement. God bless you all.
  16. brandonite

    brandonite Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Oct 19, 2001
    Manitoba, Canada
    Great! Procedures usually make me a bit uncomfortable - I guess that's something I'll have to get over! Hopefully the results will be positive!
  17. Original

    Original Ogori-Magongo Warrior 7+ Year Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Cool! GL w/ chem.
  18. AA


    Thanks for all the good wishes and prayers. Much appreciated. So, I was diagnosed with <a href="" target="_blank">Aplastic Anemia</a> after the bone marrow biopsy. The two things that indicate Aplastic Anemia are

    1. Low blood cell counts: CBC (complete blood counts) showed that my RBC, WBC and platelet counts are all below the minimum number.
    2. Bone marrow biopsy showed that my bone marrow is "empty", that is, the stem cells are not present.

    I went to Yale-New Haven Hospital to see a hematologist, Dr. Rappeport. He's such a nice person/doctor! When he was examining me, my stomach growled (it was 1pm and I haven't eaten.) He went out and got me HIS LUNCH. He ordered me to eat while he explained to me what is aplastic anemia. :D My local doctor (an oncologist, since blood diseases' treatments are about the same as those of cancer) is also a really nice person. Anyways, with my RBC low, I can't concentrate (I procrastinate anyways :p ) and with platelets low, I'm suppose to bruise and bleed easily. However, I haven't found signs of either of these (and hopefully won't.) But with WBC low, I'm prone to infection... which sucks. I had to stop volunteering at the hospital. I worked on the patient's floor and absolutely loved talking to them and helping them! :( Thank God that my counts have been relatively stable for the past month (low but stable.) The doctors are just going to monitor it for a month to see where it's going. There is still hope that I might recover by myself. The cause? I belong to the 50% of AA patients. It's idiopathic. The cause is unknown.

    I believe this happened to me for a reason, however. My father started reading the Bible. If you knew my dad, you would be amazed at how much he had changed. He was an atheist and had always opposed going to church. He used to try to lure me away from church when I was younger! He now goes to church and reads the bible! How amazing is that? I don't know why this happened to me yet, and may never will. But I know if God is going to cure me, he will. It's hard at times, but I put my trust in Him.

    "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. -- 1 Peter 5:7" This is one of my favorite verse, I just want to share it with you all. Oh yeah, I want to do MD/PHD now. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> People change.

  19. AA


    Doctor called today to tell us they have ruled out Fanconi Anemia, which is the inherited form of Aplastic Anemia due to easy chromosome breakage. The blood sample was sent down to Rockfeller University (NY)... took them a month to figure that out! Thought it'd be faster these days. Oh well, at least that's good news. :)
  20. JerBear

    JerBear Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2002
    Hey Angie, you're a real sweetie!!

    I'm glad that you're learning more about your condition and what you should do about it, and that you're surrounded by wonderful people (mom and dad and the docs) all looking out for you. I hope your exams went OK; make sure you get plenty of rest and that you stay strong!!


    PS I'm not an international student but feel free to PM me and ask any/all questions about Med School and the application process! :) About the MCATs, I personally believe that you should do college level physics first. That way, you'll have it fresh in your mind and won't be risking the chance of a weak foundation... I definitely encourage you to take a prep course (Kaplan or PR works fine) b/c if you're anything like me, you'll need the pressure of an actual course to get your butt in gear and not procrastinate! OK, talk to you soon!

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