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Personal Narrative: Kiliary Tract Cancer

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At age of fourteen, I was adopted from Korea to an American family. Adjusting to the new environment was especially very challenging to me because I was a very reserved girl. For a girl like me with such shyness, attending a new school where I had to meet new people every day was beyond my capacity. I often came home from school, having said not a word throughout the day. One day, one of my classmates approached me with a question that left me not only physically but also mentally speechless. “Are you a mute?” He said. Ever since that day, I no longer waited to be approached by others. I challenged myself to take this opportunity to sharpen my communication skills and to become a person with more cheerful personality. My friend helped me learn…show more content…
While I was finishing up my freshman year in college, my father went through a major surgery in which he had to remove almost a third of his internal organs due to the visceral metastasis. His attending physician thoroughly but carefully explained to my family about his condition which equipped us with a greater understanding of cancer pathology. Although my father’s condition did not seem promising at that time, my family was touched by the empathetic physician who made my father’s condition sound very manageable and hopeful. I believe that my father’s quick recovery after a total of eight chemotherapy treatments was a miracle. Through his recovery, I became more appreciative of what the medicine could offer to the patients and their families that help them alleviate both physical and emotional…show more content…
Having a family member who suffered from cancer, I have learned that there is no better medicine that can cure cancer than love and care. I decided to share what I have learned during the time I spent in the cancer ward as my father’s primary caregiver. The people in Pucallpa had a very limited access to the primary care as I expected. My team set up a clinic to meet the most basic medical needs such as providing them with basic health information, daily vitamins, and emergency medicines. I was very frustrated how they described medicine as a luxury that they could not afford. It is my aspiration to work in underserved communities to meet the need for practitioners in such areas as well as to commit to serve medically underprivileged
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