The call which I had both anticipated and dreaded for the past three years was one that I received on the afternoon of Monday, July 21, 2008. My mother's voice trembled as she whispered, "It's time." I caught the first flight home later that evening. I spent that entire evening by my father's side. As he moved closer to the conclusion of his three-year battle with a Glioblastoma Multiforme, a brain tumor, he was incapable of physically speaking or remaining cognizant. What happened next is scarred into my memory forever. He used his right hand to warmly embrace mine; an event which marked the single most challenging thing I have had to do thus far. I leaned over to his ear and consolingly whispered, Dad you don't have to suffer for us anymore. You can go now, we love you." At that very moment, my mother drew me back to draw my attention to his face. A solitary tear fell from each of his eyes. His grip on my hand slowly released as he took his last breath. While I was certain he was no longer in pain, I was forever changed.
It was that feeling of helplessness that sparked my passion for medicine. My level of ignorance fueled my restless desire to study to understand my father's case. Thanks to the meticulous medical care he received at the hands of skilled physicians, he survived two additional years. The loss of my father has been an inspiration for my career and grants me the ability to genuinely empathize and sincerely care for my patients. My original degree was in finance and accounting, and after graduation, I worked as a manager for Frito-Lays; It was at this point in my life that my father was diagnosed with a brain tumor and my mother was obligated to resign her position as a Registered Nurse in order to care for him. At the young age of 23, a significant portion of my income was sent home in order to ease the financial struggles that my family was enduring.
Since obtaining my Medical Degree in 2012 I have spent endless hours in the clinic and hospital. One reoccurring theme that continued to grow and frustrate me was the level of preventable disease and suffering. I came to the conclusion that the main reason these patients continued suffering was due to a lack of understanding and education. Because of the nature of the way physicians are paid, especially those physicians paid by Medicare or Medicaid, who usually only pay a small percentage of the bill and the doctor is expected to make up the difference. Many of these physicians feel they can not afford to take the time to educate patients and ensure that each patient understands their current situation because that takes time and the longer they spend with a patient the fewer patients they see and in turn the less money they make. So the doctor just writes a script, the patient is happy and the cycle continues in perpetuity and nothing changes. I continued to see this time after time, hospital after hospital, so I did some research and found that some experts believe that around 70% of human disease and suffering is completely preventable. That number is staggering especially considering the health care crisis going on not just in this country but in the world right now. I feel very strongly about this. We are heading in the wrong direction with health care and we need to stop and change now.
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