Zainab. Born and raised Houstonian. The child of immigrants, the grandchild of warriors, identifying as Muslim, Algerian, American. Lover of conversations and copious amounts of laughter. Fourth year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine, graduate of the Masters of Science in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. Passionate about health policies, women empowerment, the care of the underserved, the underrepresented, global health, social justice and activism, and medical humanities.
I write and think a lot. I romanticize, and at times I worry I give false images, but other times I’m blessed to see the world through rose colored filters. It’s that romanticism, and an uncompromising optimism, that makes who I am, weaving itself into these stories I write.
I share. I believe there is strength in honesty, vulnerability, resilience, of loving deeply and caring profoundly. In quiet moments of reflection, being self-aware, striving, balancing. I do not shy away from politics, being a woman of color, seeking justice, fighting oppression, and using my voice to let it be known. There is too much going on in the world to let it happen silently.
I’ll leave you with a reflection-once, while reviewing the chart of one of my patients, I found something so simple yet absolutely remarkable written-“Patient has conquered her symptoms”. It was the first time I saw something humanly written in our scientific charts, and I smiled. We conquer. That’s what we do. We take what life throws at us, fidget, stumble, sometimes fall, and rarely will it be solved smoothly, but at the end we conquer.
So I guess this is where I record a whole bunch of my fidgeting, stumbling, falling, and sometimes smooth sailing, and I’m not sure when I’m going to conquer, but I know it’s a work in progress. I’m glad you’re here, to share in this journey of life.