Venezuela is in such chaos; a civil war where human rights are not recognized, leaving people who left the country like myself and their passports in limbo. The government left us without a valid international identity. I cannot do anything while I wait and continue to wait for my passport. My Canadian visa permit expired with the expiration of my Venezuelan passport. Ever since, I have gone to the embassy several times, which still does not have my passport yet (after 11 months). I have inverted all that I have into doing this. I am financially, emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted and do not know what else to do right now but to put my pride away and ask for help.
After 9 years of University, I obtained my degree in Doctor of Medicine with a specialization in Physical Rehabilitation.
Venezuela’s chaotic economy made myself and many other highly qualified professionals very poor, exhausted and wondering if we made the right decision to spend so much in education only to make a salary of $150 a month. I felt like I was trying to survive, whereas in other countries you are trying to succeed. That is why I took the decision to come to Canada, even though I knew in order to practice the career I have chosen, Medicine, would be a very long and expensive process, just to validate my education.
With all the problems in Venezuela, I was not able to eat a nutritious diet, live in peace, or feel safe. The citizens were becoming more & more aggressive, violent and unhappy. No one has dreams anymore because sadness and misery have taken over as our reality.
That is why I knew I had to leave Venezuela and start a new life elsewhere to reach my fullest potential, even if it meant not having my family, my dear mother, my friends, my loved ones close by. Even if it meant starting a new career… I left behind all, like I know many of you had, to come to Canada and start a new life.
I decided to study Massage Therapy to obtain a College Diploma and become a Registered Massage Therapist in Ontario. I have been attending school for the past 12 months, and I am glad to say I have fallen in love with my new career to-be.
Being an immigrant has been the hardest thing I have ever done, but it has taught me life lessons that I am so grateful for. I got to see and experience the most beautiful things we share as humans. It makes me realize the concept of universality. After all, all human beings, all over the world, are able to recognize in others the same feelings: fright, love, sadness, anger, happiness and the need of realization and most important, have a motivation in life, whenever our physiological needs have been taking care of.
I am so thankful to have found a great group of people in Canada, my roommates, friends, classmates, teachers, employer… They all have accepted me with all my differences, being from a very distinctive culture, with a warm and sometimes loud personality. It is difficult to say in words how grateful I am to be part of a kind, peaceful and loving part of the world. I would be very grateful if you could help me stay here and accomplish my dreams. Gratitude is one of the most powerful feelings and I know is difficult to ask for help when you know so many need it. I will get my dreams come true not only to be a greater me, but to help others with my knowledge and experiences to overcome illness.
My Life Purpose
I was only 17 years old when I decided I wanted to be a doctor. My purpose in life has always been clear to me. I am a helper and a healer. I am here to help others overcome sickness, and bring awareness into their life. When I was deciding what type of doctor I wanted to be, I said to myself “the kind that not only treats people but gives an example of how to be healthy”.
With this initiative, I appreciate any donations that you can contribute to my cause. I believe I have always helped people out because we all deserve to be supported in life. I do as everyone else whose is pursuing a higher goal and deserve the same. Thank you so much for reading.
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