My Physical Limitations Of My Life

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Pushing my physical limitations has always been an important aspect of my life. Whether through running marathons or rock climbing, having the physical capacity to participate in these kinds of activities has brought great joy and satisfaction to my life. While serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Cambodia, I contracted dengue fever and spent a month in the hospital recovering. During this period, almost all my strength was taken from me, it took nearly all that I had just to be able to get out of bed and use the restroom. I remember the panic and anxiety I felt as I remained helplessly in the care of the doctors and nurses. Suddenly, everything that had brought me so much joy seemed hopelessly out of reach. It was during this time that I realized the impact physicians have on improving the quality of life of their patients.
As I continued to live in Cambodia, I became strikingly aware of the many health care disparities of those around me. From the child smoking cigarettes, to a close friend suffering from AIDS, I desperately wanted the means to improve their situation. This desire is what drives me to pursue a career in medicine.
My desire to become a physician has been further reinforced through volunteering with local hospice facilities. As a hospice volunteer, I had the opportunity to interact with terminally ill patients and observe physician interactions. All I could offer them was someone to talk to, someone who wanted to…

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