This is Why
by Angela Mujukian
The one who thought life wasn't worth living,
The one who escaped her country for a better life,
The one who had no family and called the hospital her home,
The one who was abused by her husband and kept quiet,
The one who stabbed himself until he got his surgery,
The one who was told her lifetime was unknown,
The ones who were raped by gang violence,
The ones who were victims of trafficking,
The ones who tried turning to radicalization…
The one who thought she'd never be able to have children,
The one who thought she'd never walk again without pain,
The one who thought he'd never be able to speak again,
This is why.
This is why we serve. This is why we joined. This is why we dedicate our lives to those in need. The beauty and joy of medicine is that it takes off all the masks, peels off the layers of pain and unites us as a people; despite culture, race, religion, or language. The barriers and bridges are all broken down and we're only left with serving the living flesh. There is peace and unity in health and bettering the lives of those in need.
Author's Note: "What inspired me to write this piece was my experiences from rotating in one of the busiest cities (London, England) and most ethnically diverse hospital in the world. I was exposed to a hospital that is composed of a culturally diverse patient population with over 100 languages spoken and high-risk minority patients. Some of the patients I had the opportunity to serve were mainly from underserved communities who were refugees, asylum seekers, and victims of domestic violence, rape, cyber-bullying, forced marriages, gang violence, human trafficking, and female genital mutilation. Most escaped their treacherous lives for a new life in the UK and their stories gave me perspective. Overall, they all gave me hope and faith and reminded me of why I started in the first place, to serve those in need."