Tiffany's Medical School Fund
Lillian Rodriguez wherever you are thank you for advice.
I am a single mother to a 5 year old son and I work full time to support him. I have always wanted to be a doctor. I have another year left of college and medical school would be up next. My previous primary care psychician begged me to go to college and pursue my dreams because she said that she sees so much potential in me. That was 4 years ago. My greatest joy comes from being able to provide care to others. I work 40 plus hours a week to provide for my son but I don't make enough to pay for medical school. I am not eligible for financial aid because I make too much money. But in reality I don't even make enough. My parents have always done the best that they could but unfortunately the opportunities were not available for me to be able to reach my dreams. I do not have family to ask and I don't have the means to pay in full myself. I know that what I am requesting doesn't even tip the iceberg, but I know there are other people who may need more and that is understandable. ANYTHING WILL HELP. I just want to make be able to treat the sick. My desire isn't for the financial gain from being a doctor. It is because I know what it is like to be a patient. I know what it is like to not be believed that pain exist. I UNDERSTAND! When I was a child I was born with a hole in my lungs. This hole in my lungs developed into a cyst. Unfortunately, I was not aware that I was sick. From the age of 10-15 I was in and out of hosptials. The only symptom of my defect was migraines. When I turned 15, I saw my pediatrician who didn't believe anything was wrong with me. In fact she believed that I needed psychatric care and vowed that if the MRI didn't reveal any issues that she would refer to me a psychatrist. I spent 2 hours in the MRI machine and I was subjected to ink dye. Two weeks after the test I was contacted to see a pulmonologist. My parents were advised that I had a cyst in my lung that produced fluid and it needed to be removed. After confirming it was a benign cyst. I was then sent to a cardiothoratic surgeon who completed the surgery which saved my life. The cyst was the size of a lemon and had produced fluid that was starting to flood my lungs. The cyst developed due to my lungs being underdeveloped when I was born. I never went to prom or walked across the stage with my class. I dropped out of school and obtained my GED. Here I am begging for help. I am a single mother who wants to show her child that anything is possible no matter what you face. I want to teach my son that the greatest joys in life are received from helping others. Because life is bigger than just ourselves. We share this world with others and if you are capable of being a safe haven for the sick you can make another day brighter for someone else. I will always pay it forward and would love for people to keep up with my progress. If you can contribute thank you and if you took the time to read it and couldn't donate thank you as well