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Genao I. The Other Side. Ann Intern Med. 2014;161:451-452. doi: 10.7326/M14-0437
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2014;161(6):451-452.
Early one morning I got the news of my mother's admission to the hospital. My drive to see her was quiet and solemn. The trees were leaning forward with the weight of snow, almost forming an arch over some parts of the road. The scene was enchanting as well as terrifying, as I thought of my non–English-speaking mother, my pillar of strength, hunched over in pain and fear in a hospital room. I thought of how much she must need me now, her oldest daughter. Among her siblings, she is the only one in the United States.
She immigrated to the United States with a third-grade education, worked in factories for less than minimum wage, struggled to make ends meet, and depended on public assistance. She was determined to provide a different future for her children. She realized early on that an education was the only way for us to circumvent her lot of poverty and lack of opportunity. If I ever suggested a part-time or summer job for myself, her response was simple and stern, “Your job is to study, and mine to work.”
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