Well, just when I thought this year couldn't get any worse, something comes along to put everything back into perspective. I am still not sure whether this is a good idea, i.e. airing my life with complete strangers, but I need some serious advice. I just found out that my mother has pancreatic cancer. They did surgery over the weekend and the doctor says it is definately malignant, and very aggressive. I am devastated. My father died at 43 of cancer, and now my mother who is 60. Medical school is somehow meaningless now, but I expect this ordeal will make me more resolved to become a doctor later down the road. My MCAT scores expire this year and I am waitlisted at two schools and waiting to hear from one other post-interview. If accepted off a waitlist, can I defer a year for medical reasons? I am in complete shock that this can happen again to my family.