Curtis – Trip to Hawaii
Before my diagnosis, I had a strong interest in becoming a physician. This was particularly because of the hundreds of hours I spent shadowing different physician specialties, and the experience of a close family member who was diagnosed with stage four cancer. After my diagnosis, surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy treatments, my interest became a determination. My personal experience as a patient really helped me to understand how to become a compassionate and caring physician to all patients. I believe that my diagnosis did not hinder me but has empowered me to become an empathetic physician.
Surgical treatment and recovery is very stressful, both for my family and I. At times I know it overwhelmed my family to watch me suffer from pain and struggle through recovery. A period of rest will help my family and I to truly rejuvenate and bond together by releasing the stressful past memories and celebrating the current and future times we can spend together.