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From Patient to Future Physician: Being On the Other Side

Amanda Kaine, MS shares some of her own struggles, on her path to becoming a medical student.

May 24, 2024

Throughout my teenage years, I faced many challenges, with my poor health and well-being emerging as the most formidable obstacle to surmount.

At fourteen years old, I was crippling with a boat of stress. I was sad, but more then that, I fell ill. I began having stomach pain after every meal. I didn’t know why. I then got diagnosed with seven stomach ulcers and I was put on several medications.

Along with other factors, this led me to became severely malnourished. I fainted several times. I had bradycardia, and arrythmias. I developed amenorrhea. I overexercised. I barely ate. Only an apple or protein bar every single day.

I lost over 30 pounds… It  led me to be wheelchair bound for weeks on end because if I walked or lost any more calories- I could die.

The comorbidities of my developed eating disorder created a monster of a health issue, and even worse psychological struggles. … until I decided, I want to be on the other side…

At this moment of fighting, I knew my life was at risk. It was truly life or death for me. I needed to keep going. I needed to keep going for those who struggle with health issues, so one day I can be there for them.

 

At fourteen years old, I was crippling with a boat of stress. I was sad, but more then that, I fell ill.

 

I fought for my health. I did it for this future dream of being able to help other little girls get through their most scary times of life.

Navigating my health struggles during my formative teenage years sparked my ambition and persistance to pursue a career in medicine. From the start of my life, I’ve been accustomed to overcoming challenges; nothing has been handed to me on a silver platter, nor have I been granted an easy path. Everything was hard.

School.

Social scene.

It’s never been easy for me.

 

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My journey thus far has been marked by my sheer determination, requiring immense effort to persist against significant challenges. I share my story for the sole reason of  inspiring you to continue going on your path, even if it the journey right now seems arduous. It may seem impossible to overcome some hurdles… yet, I am here to share to you that you can do anything you set your mind to. You can fight. You can win.

My ‘why’ in medicine has driven my passions to serve in the community, help others, and make my mark by being the hand to hold and person of knowledge for my patients to rely on. I hope my “why” can be a part of your reason to keep going and encourage you to never give up on yourself, or your goals.

I am rooting for you, and I can’t wait to watch and follow all of your journey and subsequent successes in life.

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