Reflection of a Second Year Medical Student: Navigating Medical School with Chronic Illness
Keywords:Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Chronic Illness, Medical Student, Medical School
The medical school journey is one that many are familiar with. However, there lacks familiarity amongst medical students and healthcare professionals about the stories of those who navigate this journey while struggling with chronic health issues. This article will detail a personal story about navigating medical school with chronic illness. In reflecting on simultaneously navigating a medical school and personal health journey, the struggles and successes experienced as well as the lessons learned will be highlighted. The importance of acknowledging, embracing, and sharing these stories will be emphasized through this reflection and a review of similar stories published in medical literature.
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