The counselor looked thoughtfully at oldest daughter and asked, "Before we begin, what do you hope to do upon graduation?"
Oldest daughter smiled back and said, "I have decided that I want to pursue a career in medicine."
The two worked together to create a plan that offered layers of math and science with discussion of elective opportunities through a medical off-campus program.
When we left, oldest with her hands full of resource materials, college brochures and scholarship opportunities, she simply beamed and said, "This is exactly why I was diagnosed. I am going to do this. I am going to help kids. This is my opportunity!"
Again, I think to the importance of surrounding her with a team full of role models, mentors, leaders... In just a few short days, she has felt the effects of powerful interactions with adults that want her to succeed.
With the right team cheering you on, anything is possible.
Maybe this is the number one reason patient-centered clinical care is so important.