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Seizing Permission to Live Life on Your Own Terms

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Many people seek the approval of others at the expense of their own self-esteem. Here's how to seize permission to live life on your terms.
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Emotional Abuse Made Me Feel Like I Was Crazy

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My boyfriend told me I was crazy and I believed him. I later learned that emotional abuse is part of the cycle of abuse.
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How to Stay Excited and In Love with a Career in Medicine

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If you combine an insatiable desire to expand skills with a fearlessness to walk away, you can have a long, exciting career in medicine.
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Dealing with a Rare Eye Disease in the Midst of COVID19

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After being diagnosed with a rare eye disease, a doctor learns the best treatment is immunosuppression-a risky choice in the midst of COVID19
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My Grandparents’ Agonizing Deaths Taught Me to Be a Better Doctor

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A medical student's mom told her witnessing her grandfather's agonizing death was a gift, implying that it would make her a better doctor.
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TakeCHARGE: How Turning 18 Changed My Healthcare Forever

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A college student describes how the TakeCHARGE 5 Steps program helped her when she turned 18 and healthcare changed for her forever.
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How Phlebotomy Prepared Me for Medical School

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How working as a phlebotomist turned out to be an excellent preparation for medical school.
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What Happened When I Fell and Broke My Shoulder

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After I fell and broke my shoulder, I learned that there are many issues to consider besides the fall and fracture, including fear of falling.
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Getting Hit By a Truck Taught Me the Power of Love

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After being hit by a truck and critically injured, Vicki learned that the power of love and goodness from strangers can change your life in unexpected ways.
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My First Patient, My First Death

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A young medical student recalls the indelible experience of taking care of a dying patient. It is the story of her first patient and her first death.
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The Indomitable Spirit of My Dying Patient

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Caring for his dying patient, a much loved Irish farmer with advanced renal failure, reminded a doctor of what is really important in medicine.
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A Little Lump Or Bump On The Eyelid? Beware, It Could Be Skin Cancer!

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The eyelid area is a common area for non-melanoma skin cancers, such as basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, accounting for about 5-10% of all skin cancers.