Even though I am so far away from my family as I study, they are always at the front of my mind, especially since our family (extended & hippie family included) is a walking medical school textbook. You want it? We got it. Cancers (lung, tongue, skin, and more), emphysema, cystic fibrosis, diabetes mellitus, addiction, obesity, OCD, bipolar, depression, sudden cardiac death, cardiac bypass surgery, childhood meningitis, broken bones, pinned bones, full joint replacements, carpal tunnel, ganglion cysts (in the wrist), hepatitis, suicide, alcoholism, drug addition, twins, normal births, emergent c-section births, hysterectomy, endometriosis, vasectomy, and more.
It seems like the majority of what I read in my pathology textbook, I can in some way personally relate to a family member. This makes it easier to remember a lot of things, but it also makes the often times boring textbook come alive. Thank you to my immediate, extended, and hippie family, those living and gone, for helping me in med school. Without you, this would be much harder.