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Yearning for Better Opportunities at Home


Home became a dark
place, and I miss the feeling
of warmth on my face


I don’t know what changed
within me that caused this shift;
My world was always
filled with opportunities
Now I felt inopportune


I knew that I could
be better, but better would
have to take some time


I so yearned for the
person that I used to be —
fulfilled and carefree;
I yearned for a time when life
happened so effortlessly

Image credit: Lonely in Pairs (CC BY-NC 2.0) by DeeAshley

Joan Nambuba, MD, MS (1 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

Ohio State University

Joan Nambuba is a first-year resident physician in emergency medicine at The Ohio State University. She received her medical degree (MD) in 2022 from The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She also holds Master of Science (2016) and Bachelor of Science (2013) degrees from Duke University. In her free time, she enjoys watching Duke basketball, traveling, exploring nature, and capturing candid photos of loved ones.