How to make the most of your medical school degree
I wanted to get a degree in medical technology.
It was a dream come true for me.
After graduating from medical school with a B.S. in biochemistry and medicine, I applied for all kinds of jobs, including in the health care field.
I worked at a hospital in the Midwest, in a private practice, and I even worked in a funeral home.
But my medical career wasn’t the only dream I had.
A year into medical school, I was diagnosed with stage 3 brain cancer.
As I worked in the ICU, I met a couple of women who shared my dreams.
One was a pediatric nurse who told me about the work she did in the community.
I met my future wife, who was a physician and a mom.
We were together for a year and a half, and she became my wife.
It’s been a wonderful journey, but I still remember the day we were married.
I didn’t want to let go.
I had been struggling with my own health issues, and it seemed that my husband was helping me deal with the cancer.
When I told my husband about the diagnosis, he was surprised.
He thought I was joking.
But he was very supportive.
We have always had a strong bond.
He is an amazing man.
He always gives me the benefit of the doubt.
The moment we were in the hospital, he went to work for us.
He was my life.
My life changed forever.
He has given me hope.
I want to thank the hospital staff, the nurses, the doctors and all of my medical classmates.
They have always supported me.
It has been an honor to have them as my friends.
But one of my biggest blessings was my family.
I grew up in the same neighborhood as many of my classmates, and they were always supportive.
My parents, my sister, my brother and my sister-in-law all have been so supportive.
In my time at St. Mary’s, I’ve never met anyone who did not have a different opinion about what they thought I should do in my life than I did.
They all supported me in my dreams, and if I had known it would have been different for me, I would have made different decisions.
I love my parents, and my siblings, and all the other students and staff who have been there for me and made it possible for me to become who I am today.
My dream was to be a doctor.
But that dream became my reality, and so have my two children.
My daughter, Aiden, is in the Army and will graduate this spring with a bachelor’s degree in public health.
I’m a parent, too.
My wife, Sarah, and our son, Ethan, have been my biggest supporters.
When we met at the University of Michigan, I told her, “I want you to go to medical school.
I’ll help you make it happen.”
She replied, “No, no, I want you.
I need you to have a dream.”
I wanted her to know that I wanted a dream, too, and that I had a chance to help people like her.
I hope we can continue to support each other as we work toward this goal.
When you have the courage to pursue a dream you know is possible, you’re in the right place.