Becoming A Bone Marrow Transplant

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Tears, gushing down her cheeks, hands trembling, Layla struggled to compose herself as she explained her son’s illness to my father. Stunned, at the difficulty she endured and the distance she had traveled to see the doctor visiting from America, I felt helpless.

His head lie against my chest, gripping me harder as he tried to hold back his tears. The thought of one more spinal tap was just too much. After months of chemotherapy and radiation, leukemia had snatched away the glow of life from my baby brother’s eyes. I felt helpless.

A simple antibiotic, a successful bone marrow transplant, it was science and its unrelenting nature to help solve problems that soothed my ten-year-old heart. It was then that I began to fall in love with medicine. Early in my school years, I began doing research on natural, low-cost solutions to various health problems, and as I progressed through school, I was awarded multiple scholarships and awards for my research. This, I thought, was going to be my beginning of “helping save the world.”

My dreams were quickly shattered by the sexist, male-dominating ideology that my father maintained. Growing up, I did just as well if not better than my brothers during school, but they went on to become corporate lawyers, John Hopkins medical students, and corneal ophthalmologists. However, because I was a girl, I was not going to be allowed to go to college. My mother had devised a way for me to be able to use the thousands of dollars I

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