Your impact: inspiring courage and change
Over the last two years of my medical training, I became quite discouraged by my own thoughts and abilities regarding life issues. Confrontations with fellow students and preceptors had left me feeling lost because I knew how I thought and felt, but was more often than not at a loss for why I believed in the pro-life message.
Having entered the reproductive medicine portion of our training, I was only beginning to feel further confused and alienated from the debate because I lacked the necessary skills to articulate my message to others. Speaking in all honesty, I was nearing the point of ignorance and seriously considering simply remaining silent in future discussions on these topics.
I can most certainly say, however, that having attended this conference, I am not only ready to stand by the pro-life position, but am excited to share my thoughts and feelings with others. This year’s conference has given me the confidence I so desperately needed to feel comfortable in engaging with others about such topics. I feel prepared not only to defend my viewpoints to others, but also to be the first to engage others about their ideas surrounding life. What is of most value, however, is that I feel I have gained the ability to do all this with the respect and compassion necessary in these discussions in order to avoid conflict and to spread a message of love (as speaker Stephanie Gray so eloquently put it).
Without your support, none of the above would have been possible. The trip would simply have been too far and too expensive for a weekend, and I have no doubt that I would have fallen silent in the life debate out of a lack of confidence in my own ability.
While it is becoming increasingly difficult to remain a defender of life in the medical community, I feel a renewed sense of optimism as conferences like this will continue to provide professionals with the skills necessary to spread the message of life. It is also my hope that one day I will be able to provide this opportunity to a trainee such as myself.
Thank you again for this incredible opportunity!
– University of Alberta Medical Student