Entitlement Rant

To my sisters, friends, and future children,
Let me explain something to you. You are lucky. You come from a middle class family where 95% of your life, there has been money for whatever you want, whenever you want it. You have always had enough food to eat, a roof over your head, clothes and shoes that fit you, a car to get you places, and a family that loves you. You are privileged. But you are not entitled. There are plenty of people in this world who do not have any of these things. It is not their fault or your fault or anyone’s fault. It’s just a coincidence. You could just as easily have been born in an AIDS-ridden African community with no food and no water, living in fear of the government but you weren’t. You were born healthy, happy, and loved in the 21st Century United States. That is a blessing that you were given, not a right you have earned. It is something that can be taken away in the blink of an eye and it is a call for you to care for people who are not as fortunate. Privilege is not an excuse to be a self-centered prick that goes around making other people’s lives miserable. Privilege calls you to share what you have, to spread the love, to care for others, and to make the world a more beautiful place. The day you feel entitled to everything you have is the day you have officially failed as a human being. Do not ever allow yourself to be caught up so tightly in the materialism of the world that you lose sight of your humanity. Love everyone and never take a single breath for granted.
Love,
Maria

How marrow donation works

Medical Centre India

How marrow donation worksWhat is bone marrow?
Bone marrow produces blood cells for the body. The blood-forming cells in bone marrow grow into:

Red blood cells, which carry oxygen to all parts of the body
White blood cells, which help the body fight infection
Platelets, which help control bleeding

A healthy body is always making new blood-forming cells, which are necessary for survival. If the blood-forming cells begin making many abnormal cells and not enough healthy blood cells, as happens in leukemia, a marrow transplant to replace the blood-forming cells may be the best treatment.

What diseases are treated with a marrow transplant?
A bone marrow transplant is a standard treatment option for many patients with life-threatening diseases like leukemia or lymphoma, which are cancers of the blood.

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Little Feminism Rant

Hi followers! This isn’t really related directly to medicine but I thought I’d share. I watched this video http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/24/verizon-ad-tells-parents-to-encourage-girls_n_5526236.html tonight and I was struck with how powerful it is. As a young woman who’s grown up in a male-dominated, sexist, patriarchal society, I was enraged by the parents in this video. Women, as well as men, should be able to pursue whatever they want in their lives, without stereotypical gender norms getting in the way of that. If I ever have a daughter, I will tell her that she’s beautiful but I will also tell her that she’s brilliant and creative and intelligent and worthy of respect and independent and strong and powerful and that she will never be defined by a man in her life. I will teach her to define herself on her own terms, not on anyone else’s. At dinner tonight, my sisters were arguing and my mom got involved and she was handling the situation very effectively. A few seconds later, my dad decided to get involved too, but, rather than keeping his cool, he started yelling. When I asked him why he felt the need to get involved, he said that he felt like sometimes a man’s voice was necessary in these situations. Well, dad, and everyone else, I’m here to tell you that a man’s voice is never necessary. I am a strong, independent, capable woman and if you try to tell me otherwise, I will work my ass off to prove you wrong every single day. Try me. I dare you.

Hospital Heroes

Tonight, I was sitting at the information desk in the hospital, trying to locate a man’s lost keys when someone came running in the door asking me where the ER is. I started giving him the basics: “You head down this hall and turn right at the end and the ER is on your left….” but he yelled that he had a dying man in the car who needed oxygen. Looking back, I have no idea how I was so level headed but I calmly picked up the phone, dialed the Emergency Operator number, and explained the situation. Within seconds, the chimes rang overhead and a dozen doctors and nurses were running towards the lobby. Within a minute, the man was in a wheelchair, hooked up to oxygen, and being rushed back to the Emergency Department. The adrenaline was coursing through my veins as I witnessed the most terrifying thing that I’d ever seen. However, the grace and efficiency with which these medical professionals performed their job left me starstruck. Never once have I been so humbled by the people I work with and by the career path I have chosen. If anything, this terrifying event only reconfirmed for me that this is exactly what I want to do and this is exactly who I want to be. These people are healers. They save lives. And hopefully, one day, I will be given the gift to join them.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas

And all through the hospital

There was but one teenage girl

Who was feeling quite methodical

Everyone was gone for the night

The doors were locked nice and tight

And as she sat at the desk, quiet and alone

She wished that but one ring would come from the phone

The halls were all empty

The decorations were aplenty

As she gazed lovingly towards the OR

She dreamed of the future

Of all the patients she would one day suture

Alone in the cold, with nothing to see

She realized there was no place she would rather be

As TEDWomen 2015 registration opens, a look at the top 15 TEDWomen talks

TED Blog

TEDWomen_mainThe only way to get things done—set your eyes on the goal, tilt forward, start running, and build momentum. That is the wisdom behind the theme for TEDWomen 2015: Momentum. TEDWomen 2015 will be held May 27-29, 2015, in Monterey, California, and will bring together a community of thinkers, doers and dreamers from around the world to hear talks on ideas that are creating ripples in our world.

Registration for TEDWomen 2015 has just opened. Thinking about applying? To get you in the spirit, browse the top 15 TEDWomen talks (so far), from mighty, fascinating women and men.

These talks are from people of all ages, from 13 to 76, with wildly different life experiences, working in many different fields. In fact, perhaps these speakers have just one thing in common— they offer a fresh, inspiring idea to TEDWomen’s warm and vibrant community.

  1. Maysoon Zayid: I got 99…

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Who Am I?

Thanks for visiting my new blog! I’m a high school student who’s interested in going into a medical career, probably surgery. In this blog, I will chart the trials, discoveries, and experiences of my medical journey. I’m so glad you could join me for this ride and I hope you enjoy.