I’ve learned it can take bleak moments to force introspection and define the career path you embark on. I lost my dad to cancer when I was 15, then I lost my mother several years later. Because of this, I have felt the anguish, frustration, and sometimes even the desperation that comes with the roller coaster of the cancer journey. Through these experiences, I was able to see the patient-doctor interaction from the patient’s point of view, and I was struck by the multiple roles a doctor plays in this relationship. At that point, I realized that pursuing a career in cancer surgery would be very fulfilling for me, knowing I could help others during times when they need it the most.