As thousands of applicants try to sleep the night before the email notification of Match 2016,I'm sure minds are racing, fears are soaring and mixed emotions are apparent. I was somewhat indifferent. Not sure why, but I just wasn't on an emotional roller coaster like I was for Step 1 and Step 2 exams results. I think maybe because those exams were the true stepping stones to getting a residency. I had several dreams that I had matched...and I look to my dreams a lot of times for direction.
So, when the results came in I was on the phone with my good friend and fellow classmate, talking about stuff...she checked her email, and said, "I matched." At that time I was logged on to the NRMP website and didn't see any results posted. Hmmmm....so, I quickly signed into my email...there was an email...the subject line read: Did I Match?...Now, my blood was flowing...I asked her what did her subject line read...lol...it was the same...and I opened it...it said, "Congratulations, you have matched!" I had rehearsed this so many times in my head. I meditated on it...and was pleased to see it manifest. I screamed, jumped around...but, really didn't feel the huge emotions I thought I would feel...
Later that day, I'm out shopping with my youngest son...and it HIT ME...I MATCHED! OMG...I MATCHED! Tears began to roll down my face as I walked through the mall. I couldn't help myself. I was trying to wipe them because I didn't want people to think something was wrong. I just was overcome with emotions. I had such a huge sense of GRATITUDE, THANKFULNESS, and HAPPINESS. For the past 7 1/2 years, I've experienced real life changing situations. However, my determination to complete this had paid off. I made it through. This July I will be a RESIDENT PHYSICIAN. What an amazing journey! ONLY BY THE GRACE OF GOD!
No matter where you are in pursuing your dreams, remember the 40 year old medical student that beat all the odds, that persevered through loss of her husband, legal battles, and doubt of others. Although falling down several times, I never STOPPED BELIEVING. I NEVER DOUBTED that I COULD DO THIS. I BELIEVED IN ME. I BELIEVED IN THE POWER THAT IS WITHIN ME. I am just so thankful that someone gave me the opportunity. And So can you accomplish your dreams...You can do whatever is in your heart to do. Just don't give up...even when you cannot see a way...Ask GOD to show you the way...and He will reveal it step by step...This is a FAITH WALK...Keep walking!
I matched! #Match2016 #WithGodAllThingsArePossible
Now, go live your dreams!