It’s her destiny. From the third grade on, she knew she wanted to be a doctor. From the third year of medical school, she knew she wanted to be a surgeon. From the third year of residency, she knew she wanted to be a surgical oncologist.
Three years ago, Caitlin had some boots made. Special boots. Parkland Hospital and UTSouthwestern have a tradition. Third year surgery residents have boots made in San Angelo during a month-long rotation there. Then, during chief year, the surgeons have a group pic made on the helipad, all wearing their boots. That pic will happen this year, Caitlin’s official chief year.
Today, though, even bigger things happen. Today, my girl finds out where these boots will take her.
Today, her destiny unfurls in an email. Today, the place where her surgical skills will be honed to near perfection is finally known. Today, cancerous tumors in the bellies of thousands will find themselves inexorably drawn to the precise, take-no-prisoners edge of my daughter’s scalpel.
Today, cancer loses and Caitlin wins.
Three years ago, these chief boots were made for walking straight into the hallowed operating rooms of the greatest surgical oncology training hospital in the world.
MD Anderson, here she comes!!!
June 13, 2019 at 12:46 pm
I knew Caitlin in Augusta during her medical school days! Today is the 4 year anniversary of losing my mom to cancer. I cried reading this. I know you’re so proud of her, and I am too. Thank you Caitlin, for fighting this fight. Love you!!
June 13, 2019 at 5:35 pm
Thank you for reaching out. I am so very sorry to hear about losing your mother to cancer. It is such an unfair disease. I pray that there will soon be a cure.
June 14, 2019 at 10:11 am
So happy and proud for Caitlin! She indeed will do great things in medicine for both her patients and the eradication of cancer.
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