Take Loving Charge of Your Life
Boston Women’s Journal
By: Judith Swack
Danielle worked as a scientist at the NIH. Her boss agreed to be her PhD. faculty advisor at a local university. To satisfy him and the requirements for a student loan she took 4 courses per semester, worked 6 days a week in the lab, and spent every evening and Sundays doing homework. Three months later Danielle experienced continuous sharp stabbing pains in her stomach. The doctors could find nothing wrong and suggested antacids. When interviewed, the part of Danielle that was generating the stabbing pains said it wanted her to quit graduate school because she was only eating one meal a day and not getting enough sleep. The stabbing pain stopped instantly when Danielle promised to eat 3 meals a day and get 8 hours of sleep every night regardless of unfinished homework.