This is my 9th attempt at getting into medical school in four years. Getting into med school is not my goal; becoming a world-class research rheumatologist is. To connect with and to cure the millions of people who, like me, have lupus or another autoimmune disease.
They say that every advance in autoimmune disease research has led to major leaps in the understanding of other diseases, including cancer. I will dedicate every single waking hour to make sure I get there, no matter how long or what it takes.
Laugh at me if you want. I am still not there after three long years of trying, trying, and trying. Of spending entire summer vacations in front of a desk. Of slacking off and picking myself back up. I have been, and still am, a “failure”. But this is not something that I will ever give up, not after more than 15 years of wanting to become a doctor.