Romeena's London Study Abroad Trip 2018
When I was 6 years old, I was diagnosed with SLE Lupus. Before I could even start Elementary school, I was dealing with something that I didn't quiet understand. I was put through chemotherapy, steroids and the constant physical changes made me isolated at a very young age. I wasn't allowed to play with other kids however, my parents did their best to expose me to music, arts and various other activites that led my interest in doing big things when I grew up. One of them was to travel and learn from other cultures and their way of doing things.
Came middle school and I was told that both of my kidneys are being taken out and that led to a seven long years of dialysis. Being on dialysis was harsh but with my goal and dream still in mind, I was determined to attend college since I wasn't able to attend school at all from elementary to highschool.
Right before college, I was blessed with a kidney transplant. This was it, I thought. I enjoyed every aspect of college and wantedto travel abroad really badly however, the kidney did not last and I was back on dialysis. While I did finish my bachelors degree, I was devastated that I didn't get to make the most of my college expereince.
During my time away from school, work gave me a lot of insight on what really goes on behind the scenes and how long term healthcare is important but our healthcare system is lacking. I then decided to start my Masters in science of healthcare delivery and in the middle of my program this year, I received a second kidney transplant. I was also informed that there will be a study abroad program for graduate students. This got me excited, not only because I'll be able to travel but also to learn about a different health care system and how we can improve ours by learning.
This program will offer a unique expereience for me to study and analyze various components of the healthcare process from a different perspective. The two lenses that ill be seeing through are healthcare delivery and healthcare disparties. Both are important to have a better, more comprehensive understanding of how and why current healthcare delivery methods can lead to certain healthcare disparity issues among some populations and establish barriers to access in care, even in healthcare systems that provides universal healthcare coverage to its citizens.
This program will take place in the Spring semester of 2018 in London, England.
I'll also be applying to a number of scholarship programs in order to include an educational element to this trip. I'll also be working throughout the rest of the year to raise the necessary funds.
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