A Dream Come TrueSubmitted by Daniel
When I was young, my household consisted of my mother, my grandmother, and my uncle. I had no contact with my father. My mother took a passive role in my upbringing causing my grandmother to raise me primarily. I lost her to severe pneumonia when I was 10. My mother tried to continue my grandmother's efforts; although, began to fall short. She did not work and withdrew most days leaving me to my own actions/thoughts. My uncle, who was providing all financial support passed when I was 11 leaving my mother and myself with no financial support.
She applied for financial assistance and we were barely surviving. With my mother’s withdrawal from life, little financial skills, and poor organization I did not have food, clothes, or discipline. After an investigation by child services, I was placed in foster care. Upon returning to my mother's care, I had lost hope of a "normal" life.
Prior to placement in foster care, I had volunteered at the local hospital to gain hospital experience, since I had wanted to be a doctor. After the foster home experience, I felt alone and destitute. I saw no hope of obtaining such a grand educational journey.
At the age of 20, my son was born and I began working long hours. The relationship with his mother did not last. I continued to work; although, had many ups and downs along the path. My mother passed away when I was 23 leaving me with no close family. My father continued to be removed. I struggled with the gap in my life and felt alone, but continued on and was married at the age of 24. My daughter was born and I promised myself to strive higher in life. I took a chance and applied for a better job, which would double my salary —I was accepted! My life was again changed due to divorce and a lay-off at 27 years old. For my children, I decided to pursue college and my dream. Succeed or not, at least I tried.
I began at the local community college and was then able to transfer to a 4-year college for a degree in Biology. I applied to 5 medical schools in the area to stay close to my children. I was accepted in 2006. I dedicated myself and did not let anything distract me from my goal.
I am now a practicing physician and could not be happier. I did eventually become close to my father only to lose him a few months before my medical school graduation. I am close with my son, who is now 22 and my daughter, who will soon be 18. I continue my journey to advanced leadership positions and continue to refuse negativity. I continue to be inspired by those I meet who have gone through much worse than I and have achieved success.
We can all obtain so much in our lives. I hope this story provides you hope.
Thank you soo much for sharing your story with us.
When I read motivational stories like yours, I feel that hurdles are their in ones life. IT just we have to face them with confidence. without ups and downs life cannot be good.
I learned one thing from his story that "Just go with it".
Face the difficulties and you will succeed someday.
Ankita , India, Hyderabad
Good Motivational Story.. Keep Going.. Good Luck..
You're doing great. You put so much effort. I wish you've a great life ahead.
success is thinking big... very emotional... could not help the tears...
So inspiring stories u truly are a brave person
Daniel, you're a warrior. Even in the face of so many difficulties, you kept yourself strong and did not give up. May your strength inspire many people.
I've always wanted to be a physician like you, but the way things are going in my country makes it hard even for someone with a good educational background. I'm just grateful that others somewhere else are making it even if i didn't. I'll continue to strive for it. Thanks for your story. Really inspiring!
Enoch, Gombe, Nigeria
Daniel, thank you for sharing your imprint you're leaving in life. To have become a physician with so many things against you is truly inspiring. I hope that you are able to share your story with kids that are still in Foster programs. They continue to need someone or something to believe in because everything else has fallen. So many people give up too quickly, not understanding they are cheating themselves out of a wonderful life they can have IF only they are willing to work hard and not give up. God bless you and your family.
Gracie, Austin, Texas
It's so nice and motivating story thanks for sharing.