"My First No": I've been waiting 14 years to share this story. Please take the time to read.
At 31 years of age, today marks the completion of:
1. Four years of a medical magnet school
2. Four years as a Neuroscience Major (B.S.)
3. Four years of Medical School (M.D.)
4. Five years of Orthopedic Surgery Residency
5. One year of Fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
That is 18 years of training, 14 years post high school. It is interesting as a child when you tell someone you want to be a doctor when you grow up...they believe and encourage you. Mostly because it is so far in the future and no normal human would even think of crushing a child's dream. But the closer you get to accomplishing your dreams, the easier it is for people to discourage you and marginalize your goals.
In elementary school, I was the little girl who wanted to be a doctor, it was cute. Middle school I excelled, scored high and when I told teachers I wanted to be a doctor, they were all for it. High school, I was in a medical magnet school, took AP classes and it was a no brainer. I said I wanted to be a doctor, the response was always positive.
Along this path I entered college at the University of Miami, the best school in Florida. I was accepted to the Neuroscience program. The real journey was about to begin. With this journey would come many people, teachers, advisors, professors who would tell me that I could not and would not make it to M.D. Up until college, the idea of becoming a doctor was entertained and encouraged. Like I said earlier, as a little Black child, it's only perceived as a dream, not as a journey that will actually manifest.
The road to me obtaining an M.D. and later becoming an Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon was riddled with 'No'. But last week, after a long day of surgery, I sat back and reflected on the first time I heard 'I don't think you can make it,' or in simpler terms, when I heard my first 'No.' My first 'No' came my freshman year of college..." -Dr. Lattisha Bilbrew Repost @becauseofthem #BlackScholars #BlackWomen #BlackDoctors #fact #facts #racism #amerikkka #blacklivesmatter #Message #meme #memes #truth #blackpeople #USA #Kimkardashian #beyonce