DR. MALLORY STRICKLAND CIUKSZA (36)
Internist, St. Clair Health System
What inspired you to choose medicine for your career path?
My experience with medicine in my early life was very personal. My mother was a hospice nurse, and when I was 9 years old, my 2-year-old sister was diagnosed with a glioblastoma. She went through surgery, chemo, and radiation and subsequently developed leukemia. I had the opportunity to be her bone marrow donor prior to her death a few weeks before I started college, which was a defining experience in my life. Anyone who has experienced the day-to-day trauma of having and loved one with cancer understands how much you want to help and how helpless you often feel.
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