Charity hair for kids with cancer

I wanted to talk about donating hair since it’s something that is done quite often and it is important. There are a lot of people in the world that are diagnosed with cancer. Some prognoses are terrible whereas others have a chance of getting cured. While talking about the basics of cancer I also wanted to raise awareness for cancer and hopefully show you how you can help.

Cancer is a disease that is characterized by abnormal cel growth. Keeping it quite simple (and more understandable) cel growth is not necessarily a bad thing. If these abnormal growing cells stay in one place of your body and don’t invade in the tissue around them you’ll most likely talk about a good form of cancer that’s often curable. I’m saying often curable because there are so many different types and forms of cancer that don’t follow the rules.
If these abnormal cells keep growing and invade in the surrounding tissue or they move through blood or lymfe vessels they will lead to more abnormal cell growth in different places and are most likely to be benigne or bad cancer. This form is often aggressive, more likely to return after treatment.

The curing of cancer has a very rich history and there is a beautiful book written about it but the essence is that physics (chemotherapy) combined with chemistry (medicines) and biology (human processes) are able to create a situation in which quick growing cells are attacked. This is a process that requires a lot of energy from human beings. If you know someone with cancer you’ll know that the entire process of chemo and medicines can cause changes in someones appearance. Since these treatments work on rapid growing cancer cells, they also work on other quickly growing cells just like hair cells and skin cells. Therefore people with cancer start getting a fragile pale skin and might experience hair loss. Hair loss is often a negative experience it can damage your self-esteem. Besides that buying wigs is quite expensive. That’s why there are a lot of foundations that make wigs for people with cancer and…

…here’s how you can help. If you have beautiful long hair and you want to get a haircut you can donate your hair. Depending on where you live you can donate either directly; send your hair to the correct address or you can donate via your hairdresser (this is only possible if your hairdresser donates hair).
The hair is then taken and processed before it’s made into a beautiful wig. There are a lot of ponytails needed to make a wig so please consider donating your hair.

I’ve listed some websites down below that are aimed at hair donation. There are also a lot of foundations that are aimed at kids that have hair loss due to other diseases besides cancer. So I really wanted to list those down below as well ;).

Canada
UK or UK
USA
USA
NZ

Definitely leave some options in the comment section. I’d love to see more places where you can donate your hair.

Lots of love
– A doctor in spe

Charity: WWF

I want my blog to inspire people and to help people get to know things they otherwise wouldn’t. I’ve decided that I want you guys to know about some amazing charities and the work they do. There are some amazing charities out there that deserve a little more attention and I hope to be the link between you and these charities. The first charity I wanted to talk about is WWF.

WWF stands for world wildlife fund and is an organization founded in 1961. They originally wanted to protect animals that faced extinction but soon realized that they also needed to protect these creatures natural habitat.
Today they have 7 big challenges which are the prevention of deforestation, habitat loss and degradation of habitat, the bycatch of fish, overfishing, poaching, climate change and conflict between human and animal.

How can you help (Belgium)?
I’ve listed the Dutch options down below. You can however find international information via the WWF global site.

1. Monthly donations: WWF works via monthly donations you can donate monthly or you can go for a one time donation.

2. Adopt an animal: you can adopt an animal (or an animal and it’s child). They will use the money you pay monthly for the protection of the animal and it’s natural habitat.

3. Ranger club: children can become a part of the Ranger club. This cost 30€ yearly and they’ll receive the Ranger club magazine (5times per year) and they will be able to participate in great activities.

4. Panda magazine: costs 15€ per year and you’ll get a magazine (4times per year) and become an automatic member of WWF.

5. Working for WWF is also a possibility. You can find job offers via this link. You’ll find both jobs as voluntary work and they’re divided based on country. I’m personally amazed by the wide range of work you can do at WWF. They truly have something to offer for anyone.

They also have some other ways to donate and some more information about each project on their site if you live in Belgium or the Netherlands you’ll find information here. If you live outside of Europe you’ll find if you live outside of Europe you should visit the global site and choose your country on the top of the page.

I hope that you’ve learned a bit more about WWF and are ready to reinforce their team/work. Definitely let me know in the comment section what you thought of this article.

Lots of love
-M. A doctor in spe

The medical tag

Since I’ve tagged people I follow, I figured that it was time to answer the questions to my own tag. I hope that it’ll will give you an image of who I am!

  1. Who are you?
    My name is Mavis and I’m a medicine student in Europe. I’ve just started my first year in medical school.
  2. How did you come up with your blog name/username?
    My blog name is Doctor in spe. The term ‘in spe’ is Latin for ‘in the future’ or ‘to be’. Since I studied Latin in high school I wanted my blog to kind of refer to that period.
  3. How would you describe your blog?
    Doctorinspe is currently a mix of everything that interests me and is related to the medical field. Sometimes I like giving my opinion on a subject, sometimes I’ll write about something that’s noteworthy. It varies a lot!
  4. What made you choose the medical field?
    When I was a kid I loved watching a show called ‘there ones was…’ which was a series on the human body, made for children. That show has always laid a foundation to pursue a career in medicine.
  5. What are your best tips for future medical students?
    Don’t forget to enjoy medical school. There are a lot of things to do when you’re not studying so go out every once and a while and have some fun! Don’t miss out on the fun because you’re always studying!
  6. What’s your favorite quote?
    Life is not the amounts of breath you take, it’s the moments that take your breath away – Will Smith.
  7. Best memory in medical school?
    My best memory was getting into medical school. It was just so gratifying. I remember screaming like 5 minutes before I could process the whole thing. When I told my  brother he did the exact same thing :’).
  8. What’s one course you struggled with?
    Biochemistry. Purely because I was too lazy to make time to study it (yes I have flaws too). Biochemistry is quite a detailed course and I shouldn’t have postponed it that much. You can’t start learning chapter two if you don’t know the first chapter. Biggest mistake in medical school!
  9. Name one thing you want to achieve this year.
    I would like to pass all of my classes upcoming semester 🙂 but I would also love to make this blog into something that I will be proud of.
  10. What’s your favorite book?
    My favorite medical related book is the emperor of all maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee. I gave a brief resume on my blog so check it out! The main reason why I liked it is because of the infinite dedication these people showed for cancer research. The world needs more people like that!
  11. What do you do in your free time?
    I blog whenever I find some time and I love watching movies and series. My current favorite series is Grimm and the best movie I watched last month was Sing.
  12. What do you want to major in?
    I have no idea and I don’t even worry about that right now. I still have 6 more years to go so I’ll figure that out along the way ;).
  13. How do you study productively?
    I’m currently using flashcards which helps me a lot! I also use the My homework application to track all of my tasks.
  14. How do you stay motivated in medical school?
    Thinking about that beautiful white coat everytime I can.
  15. Who do you look up to?
    I would like to name a scientist or someone who has done something extraordinary but I look up to my family. My mom dad and brother have supported me so much and I look up to them because of that

I hope you enjoyed this article! Let me know in the comment section if you’re going to do the medical tag :).

Lots of love
– M. Doctor in spe

The medical tag

I’ve been all over the internet searching for a tag to do. A tag consists of all sorts of questions that you can answer. I was specifically looking for a medical tag. Mainly because I wanted to learn more about other medical students out there. Since I was unable to find a tag I decided to make one. So here it is! The first medical tag aimed at students who are studying medicine or premed.

  1. Who are you and where do you study?
  2. When did you start studying medicine or premed courses?
  3. What made you choose the medical field?
  4. How did you come up with your blog name/username?
  5. How would you describe your blog?
  6. What’s your favorite quote?
  7. Best memory in medical school?
  8. What’s one course you struggled with?
  9. What’s your favorite book?
  10. What do you do in your free time?
  11. What do you want to major or specialize in?
  12. Who do you look up to?
  13. How do you study (productively)?
  14. How do you stay motivated in medical school?
  15. What are your best tips for future medical students?

I’ve tagged some medical blogs down below! Let me know in the comments down below if you want to do this tag and leave your social media links down below!
@muvirevu, @blakdoc, @fitnessgrad, @medschoolandmascara, @lifeofamedschoolwife, @dramasforscrubs, @potentialdoc, @mindfulmedstudent, @wedtomed, @docwithpen, @towardsmedicine, @ohtheplacesyoullgomed, @sequinsandstethoscopes, @pinkandpremed,

The emperor of all maladies

About a week ago one of my friends told me about a book that was written by Siddhartha Mukherjee. It was an author I’d never even heard about so I went to the library and got ‘The emperor of all maladies’. This book was so interesting that I had to write about it!

The book starts with the history of cancer. Diagnoses started very early but throughout history nobody could find a cure. Not even a way to relieve some of the symptoms. It’s amazing to see that most treatments only started a century ago. Throughout history people often saw cancer as something incurable and there weren’t many scientists who tried to find a cure.

The rise of chemicals has had such a big influence on cancer treatments. The first use of chemicals on cancer patients were more of a trial and error. People kept trying out different chemicals and hoped to find something that could stop the growth of cancerous cells. Some chemicals worked but they always worked temporarily and caused such disappointment. Even trough all of those disappointments people kept going on and kept combining medicines and different techniques to find something.

The reason why this book is really good is because it’s one of the few books that can grab your attention and keep it. It was so well written that you could even think of it as a novel. There is a way of expressing desire in such way that it’s almost as though you’re reliving the entire thing – that’s what this book is able to do.
I would probably tell you more about this book but I don’t want to spoil it by telling everything. I hope that this brief resume interests you enough to go to the library and read it because I promise you this book is amazing.

Lots of love
-M. Doctor in spe

Why She decides is so important

You might remember that I wrote about things that I was fortunate to see in my first year of medical school. One of the things I really wanted to write about was the ‘She decides’ campaign because it’s something that I value.

The ‘She decides’ crowdfunding was a reaction to the reinstating of the Mexico City Policy because the policy is banning financial support to foreign organizations that provide access to safe abortion or information about abortion, even if they do so with other than U.S. funding.
The reason why the reaction on She Decides was so big is because it meant that women in low developed countries would lose the right to decide if they want to have kids, when they want to have them and any other help related to family planning or sexual education. There were fortunately enough people who supported ‘She decides’ and they’re now able to replace those funds with enough money. You can still donate so that they can replace them for a longer period of time.

The main reason for this post however is the support that the campaign got. It showed feminism at it’s best form because the support didn’t just come from many women it also came from a lot of men. We all agreed that women in foreign countries should be able to decide what they want to do with their lives.
Knowing that feminism has such a big impact just makes me think about the opportunities that women everywhere will be able to get someday. The future somehow looks brighter than ever.

I hope you enjoyed this article! Definitely support She Decides because it does really make a difference.

Lots of love
– A doctor in spe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STUDY TIPS THAT WORK

Study methods and techniques have always been a big struggle. My exams have proved exactly that in the past and it was time to change them. I started taking all the tips I could get and I’ve made a list with the best tips.

  1. Prepare your classes

It’s terrible to prepare every single class you have, but it’s very effective and you’ll have more use out of your classes. You don’t need to do much, just try to read trough your courses when you have some time left.
When you have a lecture, make sure to pay attention! Mark important words and sentences. During classes you can see which parts are more important and you’ll learn to focus on those.

2. Repeat

Repeat your classes the same evening. I know that it will take a lot of energy and work but you’ll definitely benefit from this. You can just read trough the courses.
This is important because in medical school you’ll get very big textbooks and courses and if you don’t keep up you’ll eventually lose track.
Repeating is the most important step when you’re studying and will help to get all that information in your long-term memory.

3. Get help

If you feel like none of these work for you I’d suggest getting some help. Every university has a study counselor. You can always count on them for advise and help. My university has a few counselors for the most difficult courses and a separate person who can help you with study advise. You can always make an appointment and they will help you to the fullest of their abilities. There is a reason why study counselors exist. Not everyone has these issues but there are a lot of people who do.

I would like to emphasize that I 100% believe that everyone can do everything they set their mind to if you just put enough time and effort in it.
For me studying was always the most difficult part. I was never good at it, at least that’s what I thought. The problem I had was that I had enough time to study, I just never wanted to make time for it. The constant procrastinating made my study techniques fail miserably when I had to learn more. Now I’m just working as hard as everybody else and I hope that it’ll pay off.

I hope you found this blogpost somewhat informative and that you’ll learn something from it. Let me know what your best study tip is in the comment section down below.

Lots of love ♥
– A doctor in spe