Your Inner Child Awaits

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Today is my first snowfall after 2 years of living in the sunny Caribbean, best cialis medicine and as I look out the hospital clinic window, viagra sales treatment I’m nostalgic of all the fun childhood memories of playing in the snow – building snow forts, endless snowball fights.  Oh what I would give to turn back time and experience those carefree moments again :) There’s nothing like a cold, snowy winter day to get the brain thinking…

Children have a unique way of fostering the most important relationship they’ll ever have – a relationship with themselves.  First they learn imaginary, solitary play, developing their likes/dislikes and communication skills and then graduate to playing with others.  They spend most of their years trying to assert their independence, discovering the world, and making their mark wherever they go.  This natural process helps establish a “self-relationship”; a bond that should seemingly never be broken, but unfortunately, that happens sometimes.

Venturing into adulthood isn’t an easy process.  We navigate through unchartered territories of emotions and experiences that may force us to push aside what we want and who we are.  In this process that bond with ourselves weakens.  Without realizing, we sacrifice our relationship with ourself to satisfy the needs and wants of others.  Ironically, however, that “self-relationship” is quintessential to establishing any relationship with someone.  I need to understand and accept myself before I can understand and accept another.  Adding a friendship or lover to my life should be a wonderful addition, not a necessity to feel whole.  Continually nourishing that bond with yourself is key to sustaining any other relationship in the future.

Let’s go back to the uninhibited time of childhood and rekindle our once forgotten relationship.  How will you start anew?

As for me, I shall make a snow angel after work :)

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Dreams Do Come True

dreamsThe time has finally come ladies and gentleman – I am officially starting my 3rd year of medical school tomorrow! :) I am incredibly excited and nervous that this day has finally arrived, viagra sale discount but I’m also in a state of bittersweet reflection.  I actually started this journey in 2009 and completed one full year before having to leave due to an unfortunate abusive relationship.  Afterwards, stuff I went home and I honestly never thought I’d be going back to medical school.  I thought my dream was lost for good, advice but the universe had other plans for me, thankfully – I was given another chance to start over, to pursue my passion.  And now, almost 5 years later, I can happily say that I’m half way through medical school.  Wow – time sure flies! :)

The journey has been tough, and most definitely emotionally exhausting at times, but I’m proud to have gone through it even with a few battle scars.  Sometimes we go throughout life wishing our obstacles could be easier or go by quicker – I’m guilty of thinking this too – but we also need to be reminded that everything has a time and a place.  It sounds tremendously cliche to say that, but I whole heartedly believe it’s true.  The universe has an amazing ability of granting us those silver linings when we need it the most.  Our dreams may not happen when we want them, but they will happen; just wait and see.

I’ll end this post with one of my favorite quotes:

shoot for the moonWhat are your dreams?

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Remember to Laugh…and Think

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The Ig Nobel Award acknowledges researchers and inventors that do just that. Since the 1990s, 10 minds each year accept this prize for their creative, yet applicable, inventions and research. To be considered for this award, nominations only need to fit one criteria: “First make people LAUGH…and then make them THINK”.  My favorite Ig Nobel Award is for the dual bra-face mask. It’s a hilarious concept to think about, but it actually makes sense! There’s so many women out there, and we all basically wear bras everyday; such an efficient safety method in case of an explosion or gas leakage. Gentleman, now you can really feel special when a lady gives you her favorite bra ;)

Dual bra-face mask
Dual bra-face mask
Sample Ig Nobel award in 2014
Sample Ig Nobel award in 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s wonderful to see that ingenuity is still in fashion. Many of us are brought into this world to be movers and shakers. Never stop tinkering and creating, but while you’re out there, remember to have some fun too

A Patient’s Right to Die

assited 3Imagine…your doctor finished explaining that you have a terminal illness.  You have months to maybe over 1 year to live; a life possibly filled with pain and loss of functionality.  What do you do?  Where do you go from here?

This scenario happened to 29-year-old Brittnay Maynard who was diagnosed with a terminal brain cancer called Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM).  Brain tumors typically arise by themselves (de novo) or as a result of cancer elsewhere in the body (metastases).  In Brittnay’s case, cialis canada nurse hers arose de novo.  GBM is an extremely aggressive and most common form of adult brain cancer.  These types of tumors lie extensively within the center of the brain, cialis usa sovaldi making a “butterfly” formation which is quite difficult to operate.  The signs and symptoms of GBM usually present 3 months prior with extensive, consistent headaches, progressive motor weakness and/or loss, seizures, nausea/vomiting, and overall cognitive impairment.  The prognosis for GBM is quite bleak with older individuals dying sooner and an average survival length of 12 months; however, there are outliers who survive longer and completely but the statistics are low.  GBM is treated with a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.  Anyone who’s had cancer or relatives with cancer knows the process is arduous, painful, and filled with uncertainty.  This is the odds Brittnay Maynard was faced with.

assisted 1Originally Mrs. Maynard decided to end her life via Oregon’s Right to Die Law on November 1st, but her plans have recently changed.  Regardless, her decision has sparked a debate that is highly controversial socially and in the medical field: physician – assisted suicide and euthanasia.

The difference in terminology between euthanasia and assisted suicide is slight.  Euthanasia is where the physician actively injects the patient with lethal medication and this is currently illegal in the US.  Physician – assisted suicide is where the physician only prescribes medication for the patient to take on their own; this is currently legal in Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Vermont.

As an aspiring physician, we’re taught to respect a patient’s autonomy in making their own decisions while making sure their treatments and life does not undergo unnecessary harm.  Hmmm…sometimes this places us in quite a pickle, don’t you think?  I personally support a patient’s right to die, whether it be by euthanasia or physician – assisted suicide.  I understand the legal, moral, ethical, religious debates surrounding this issue; it is not black and white.  There is a lot of murky waters surrounding this, and as a future physician, I think it would be my duty to help my patients in any way; after all, that is what I swear to in the Hippocratic Oath.  However, I do not support using these methods as an easy way to commit suicide for those who need psychiatric counseling or those who plainly want to commit suicide.  This should be used for those currently facing a terminal sentence with their illness, such as Huntingtons, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), severe dementia/Alzheimers, or brain cancers, and like Mrs. Maynard, they should be counseled prior to make sure they understand the implications of their decision.assisted 2

Many are criticizing young Mrs. Maynard for her choices and saying that she should fight, and maybe she should, but it’s ultimately her decision on the best way to conduct her life.  Instead of criticism, why don’t we show support and admire her courageousness for making such a difficult decision? We know her decision was not easy.  Thinking about death is never an easy concept to grasp and it’s downright scary.  She and her family are conducting themselves with such grace and certainty and I admire them.  I support your decision, Brittnay Maynard, whether it is today, tomorrow, or in the future.  :)

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