I am a medical student, yes. I am also a survivor of sexual violence. The recent surge of articles surrounding Emma Sulkowickz prompted me to reflect on this latter identity. I know I will always carry the mark of my trauma with me -- and I am learning how I will better empathize with patients because of it.
How often do you have to look across your desk at an anxious set of parents and tell them their child has autism? Based on the most recent statistics of 1 in 68, I'm guessing these conversations are quite frequent. I'm also guessing it doesn't get any easier, no matter how many times you have to do it.
We all idealize our mothers. Abe Lincoln wrote how "All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." Michael Jackson topped it with, "My mother's wonderful. To me she's perfection." It took the mother of an unknown commentator, however, to put such accolades in perspective, reminding her son " I told you a million times not to exaggerate."