Musings of a Medical Zebra

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March 17th, 2005

March 17th, 2005 is a day I remember quite vividly.  Yes, it was St. Patrick’s Day, but that isn’t why I am able to recall it so well. March 17th, 2005 holds significance to me because it was the day I was officially diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). With the diagnosis came many changes in my life. Well, that’s an understatement.  The life I planned for and the life I am actually living are very different.

If you were to ask me ten years ago what I’d be doing now, I would have told you practicing medicine.  Whether or not I made others aware of it, I wanted to attend medical school from the time I was in 3rd grade.  With my interest in health and science,  it just seemed like the career I was destined for.  As it turns out, I wasn’t actually supposed to be a doctor.  Instead, I’m supposed to spend a lot of time with doctors — as a patient.

This didn’t occur to me until recently.  I was doing career counseling with a psychologist.  My goal was to find something  I’d both like to do and can physically do — not an easy feat. One of the first questions the psychologist asked me was where I expected to be career-wise. I told her in medical school, or finishing up medical school.  It was at that point — when I said it out loud — that I realized I was never meant to be a doctor.  It’s still sinking in even now. I think that’s understandable. Afterall,  I didn’t miss out on the opportunity because of things I had control over – taking the right classes and getting good grades.  Nope. I missed out on the opportunity because of something I have no control over — something many people take for granted. I missed out on the opportunity because of my health.

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