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All Deserve Enriching Moments (ADEM)

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In February of 2015, I impatiently parked along the sidewalk of our residential neighborhood, cheerfully smiling as I pondered about how the future would greet me for the rest of this year. I quietly unlocked the front door as I cautiously stepped up the stair to not disrupt my roommates' sleep. I changed out of my soiled scrubs and continued fantasizing about my future in medicine as I took a steamy shower. Come June and I would graduate along with my fellow schoolmates in the inaugural public health program at the University of California, San Diego. The rightfully earned achievements during my senior year and future prospects dissipated in an instant. I was no longer waking up in the vicinity of La Jolla beaches. Instead, I woke up to the startling beeping of innovative medical machines that synchronized in a less than harmonic fashion. My only solace was that my family members were eagerly waiting with love and patience for the anticipated moment I regain consciousness. I was diagnosed with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). Although I was initially traumatized and cried discreetly in solitude, I chose to look at my diagnosis as a blessing in disguise. I dismissed the unending questions as to how this devastating diagnosis had greeted me instead of my college diploma. I chose to thank it instead for it taught me the value of life and to never take a moment for granted. My intelligence may never be comparable to my peers but I believe I am wise coming out of this experience. Although graduation has been delayed, I learned an abundance of lessons through my journey as an ADEM patient. I am alive. I am capable. I am trying to become a better version of myself than I was yesterday. Most importantly, I am still committed to becoming a physician to devote the remainder of my time in this world committing myself to other people's lives. It would be a privilege to get others to see that we all deserve enriching moments in our lives. Every journey begins with a first step. Receving a donation of any amount would support my journey towards becoming a neurologist, specializing in palliative medicine. 


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