As far back as I could remember, my father had always helped people. As a doctor, he was gone quite a bit, either seeing patients at his office or at the hospital during his rounds. Growing up, I didn’t get to see him much, and as I grew into my teens and he began to question me about whether or not I wanted to be a doctor like him, I resisted. After all, because he had been a doctor, I had been denied seeing him, and it hurt when I had to see my friends spending so much time with their dads. After high school, I went into teaching instead and began to raise a family of my own.
When I turned thirty, I decided to do some volunteer work at the local hospital to encourage my students to do the same, and that’s when I discovered that, much like my father, I had a healing touch that simply came naturally to me. Teaching was fun, but as I began to spend more time with the patients at the hospital, I knew that I had turned my back on my natural talents. It was time to make a change and honor my father, who had passed away of a heart attack the year before, because I now knew why he had spent so much time with his patients-it was the most rewarding experience I had ever gone through. Since I already had my bachelor’s and master’s degree, getting a doctorate degree online was an easy decision.
Working toward my doctorate and changing careers wasn’t easy, and even though I’ll never be a brilliant surgeon like my father, today, I am a full-time hospital counselor who helps recovering patients realize their full potential post-surgery and helps to adjust to any changes that might have occurred with their surgery. Since getting my online doctorate degree, I have never been happier with my career, and I know that wherever my father is, he’s proud of me.