Losing a loved one
Juggling personal obligations with studying at medical school can be tough but worth it, says Jasia Khan
Illness and death of a family member are one of life's adversities that most of us will face. But is it possible to be able to spend time with a terminally ill relative at the same time as attending firms and taking exams at medical school? This is the question I found myself asking, and the answer was one that left me with a sense of contentment and without any regrets.
I have been brought up as part of a large extended family, and from a young age my family has always come first. Two years ago one of my youngest cousins, who was 12 years old, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. This news shook the very foundations of our family, and we all embarked upon a physically and mentally challenging journey. As the sole person with a medical background, I found myself being involved in her care