If I had a cushy job in marketing, why would I leave all of that to be worked to the bone in medicine? Well, because I'll be worked to the bone in any industry, and I want to help others directly. And to make a long story short, I recovered from Lyme Disease and now I want to help others. What can I say about having a career in medicine? If I'm being honest, and I pride this blog on honesty and integrity, it's hard. Sometimes the challenges of becoming a healthcare provider can be overwhelming.
To begin with, changing careers presents some obvious challenges, like making less money (initially) and completely reinvesting in a new craft from the ground up. On top of that, there is the matter of convincing people that they should believe in me over more experienced individuals, despite the fact that my ambition far exceeds my talent. I have the grand vision, it's getting people to see it that can be challenging. Lastly, it can be hard to keep the confidence 24/7.
Then I talked to my boyfriend, and he wisely said, "Well, if you quit, then you'll never make it." And he's right.
I've been told by many medical professionals that at some point in their career or schooling, they felt like giving up. It's not easy. "You're going to want to quit all the time. But you can't," my friend in medical school told me. So I won't. After all, I was accepted into a post-baccalaureate pre-med program, and I get a rush from helping people. I also love being challenged. And as I know that patients aren't receiveing proper diagnoses or treatment, I have to stop at nothing to change that.