My medical career started in the third grade. We were given a picture of a heart with 4 chambers, a right and left lung, and channels connecting them all. I remember it as if it were yesterday; I colored the blue for the channel sending blood to the heart and then traveling to the lung, changed it to red, sent it back to the heart and then out to the body. I thought that was the coolest thing I had ever seen. And on that day a little girl in Mt. Holly, NC decided she would be a doctor.
During my Anesthesiology residency, it was mandated that every resident had to rotate through the Pain Clinic. Ugh. Who wants to deal with pain every day? Well it ended up that I did. Taking care of patients in pain accomplished everything I wanted and needed as a doctor. I love the relationships I have with my patients and feel lucky everyday to have fallen into this career of helping to alleviate suffering from pain.