"And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow
Let it be"
- The Beatles
The Beatles have always provided inspiration in my times of need. This time is no different.
I have been accepted into a Masters program at City, University of London. I am looking to raise funds to help me pay my tuition fees.
It has been a long and twisted road that has brought me to this point in my life. Everything was smooth sailing until I turned 14. That was when I was told that I have an autoimmune inflammatory condition called Rheumatoid Arthritis. It made no sense to me. I was so young. How could I have arthritis? Isn't that something that you hear from the elderly? Apparently not. It was Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. I didn't think much of it. Sure, I hated taking the pills that made me nauseous, and I did not enjoy the bouts of pain in my joints, but it didn't affect my life decisions so much. The disease was under control and all was good. I completed my Bachelors in Dental Surgery in Bangalore, India. It was not easy, with the competitiveness in India, but I made it. I graduated in 2009.
The work was very satisfying. I had the opportunity to organize and participate in a variety of dental camps at underprivileged schools, and conduct oral health education sessions to school kids in order to instill correct oral hygiene measures at a young age.
Not long after my graduation and internship, I moved to Canada. My joints got worse and made it harder to practice dentistry. I was forced to explore alternatives. I completed a postgraduate certification in Human Resources and scored my first job soon after. It was at a relatively small telecommunications company and I had a variety of tasks. This was when I was introduced to data analytics. I loved it. I enjoyed working with the data and making sense of the numbers.
About 2 years into the job, I started missing working in healthcare. I quit my job and decided to try dentistry again, hoping that my hands will be able to cope better now. But they didn't. After a series of steroid injections into my wrist joint, I gave up on the idea of ever being able to practice dentistry. I couldn't possibly carry out the procedures with precision when my hands are not as flexible as they used to be.
This brought me back to HR. I worked as an Analyst for a few more years. But I still miss working in healthcare. I have finally found the perfect combination for my needs. Health Informatics is exactly what I need. I can use my analytical skills in the healthcare industry! I volunteered at a hospital recently and used my data collection and analysis to solve some problems such as increased wait times for patients to see physicians and better scheduling of appointments based on physician availability. The whole experience was so fulfilling. That has led me to pursue an MSc in Health Informatics.
It is not the line of profession that I started out in, but it is the next best thing for me. I have some money saved up that will partially help me through the Master's program, but it is not enough. I hope to raise £10,000 which will go towards my tuition fees of £15,000.
I am coming out of a 7-year long marriage. This past year has been the toughest so far, mentally and physically. All the mental stress has made my arthritis flare up again. But I am fighting through it, and some financial help will go a long way to help me make a successful fresh start.