Mindfulness & Reflection
About This Project

“Growing up in Colorado, I took full advantage of spending as much time outdoors as possible. Whether it was exploring every corner of my state, hanging out on the water, or climbing up boulders, being outside cleared my mind and reset my soul. On December 9th, 2007, my world was turned upside down after being in a mass shooting. I battled with PTSD and learning how to live life without fear again, but years later it was this trauma that guided me to the person I am today. This experience gave me the ability to truly empathize with my trauma patients and never take a single day or relationship for granted. Even while busy studying for boards, I make sure to still get outside and do the things I am passionate for because I’ve experienced how in a blink of an eye anything could change. Don’t give up the things you love while pursuing medicine, life is too short and unpredictable to not be taken by the horns.

#withoutthewhitecoat I am… living every day to the fullest.”

Kristen Purcell
DO Candidate | Class of 2022
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine