When I was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes more than 25 years ago, I had no health insurance. And due to my young adult perspective and extreme naiveté about managing my diabetes condition, I believed that very little about my personal life would change with my diagnosis. I guess ignorance is bliss, but ignorance can also cause the eventual reality to be that much more painful.
I was recently reminded why I chose to be an engineer in the first place by the Smithsonian infographic on "Where a STEM Education Can Take You." The infographic cites, "49% of female STEM college students say they chose their field because of a desire to make a difference." I definitely fell in that 49%.