have any of you ever had someone close get sick or possibly die and have that motivate you in your pursuit for a career in medicine?
Originally posted by Neuronix
If you don't mind answering, what disease? Alpha-1 antitrypsin defeciency is the #1 reason for pediatric liver transplants. Though, there are some other things...
Originally posted by terpgirl
I was born with spina bifida... I've spent quite a bit of time in hospitals with doctor's appointments and surgeries and everything else. But I'd have to say that my interest may have been sparked by having sb, but I have to say that by itself, it wouldn't have made me choose medicine (I plan to specialize, maternal/fetal medicine). The experiences I've had because of sb in the "normal world" such as the kids who hate being in the hospital, to parents being scared as anything to have a kid with a disability, the blatant stupidity of people wanting to have kids at 40-50 without even taking prenatal vitamins or considering the impact a [likely] disability will have on the quality of life of their child, and the list goes on and on and on.
I recently went to a MALSM (Mid-Atlantic Lutheran Student Movement) retreat and about 4 freshman from my university were talking about the first year book (Dead Man Walking) and somehow got onto the abortion topic. A stupid loudmouth opened here mouth to say that any parent who is carrying a child with a disability--no matter how minor--should abort that child!! This coming from one of the most hard-core christians around... stupid chick didn't even know I had sb!! Her thought was that no person with a disability could have a good enough quality of life. Now she's the ***** who won't leave me alone and keeps following me, wanting to be my friend.... GRRRRRRRRRR.... but at least I shut her up in her tracks!!!