Coming Into My Own Essay

I’ve learnt that Dr. Benjamin Carson was born on this month September 18, 1951, in Detroit, Michigan. Raised by a single mother Sonya who had dropped out of school in the third grade, and got married at the age of 13. She was working two maybe even three jobs at a time to support Carson and his brother Curtis. Benjamin Carson was at the bottom of his fifth grade class where he got the nickname “dummy”, and developed a violent uncontrollable temper. Once Sonya saw that Carson and his brother were falling behind in school, she began to limit the television watching and refuse to let them play outside until their homework was done.

Also she made them read two books from the library a week and they had to give her written reports on each book. After just a few weeks, Ben amazed his classmates by identifying some rock samples his teacher bought to class. Within a year, after Carson mother cracked down on him and his brother about school Ben was at the top of his class. Graduating from his high school with honors, Ben attended Yale University, where he earned a degree in Psychology. Dr. Carson interest changed to neurosurgery when he went to the medical school of the University of Michigan.

At the age of 32, Dr. Ben Carson became Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery. With the operation to separate a pair of Siamese twins, who were born joined at the back of the head in 1987 Carson made history. Dr. Ben was the first intra-uterine procedure to relieve pressure on the brain of a hydrocephalic fetal twin, and a hemispherectomy. In 2002, Dr. Ben Carson developed prostate cancer, and with that he had to cut back on his neck breaking pace.

Also he was active in his case, by reviewing his X-rays and going over it with the team of surgeons. Dr. Carson fully recovered from the operation cancer free. The close call with death caused Dr. Ben to adjust his time and spend more time with his wife and three children. Dr. Ben Carson has written three books Gifted Hands (1996), The Big Picture (2000) and Think Big (2006), about his personal philosophies on success, hard work, and faith in God. Dr. Benjamin Carson has received more than 50 honorary doctorate degrees and is a member of the Alpha Honor Medical Society, the Horatio Alger Society of Distinguished Americans and sits on the boards of numerous business and education boards.

Dr. Carson has been in constant demand as a public speaker, and most of his time is giving to meeting with groups of young people. Also the White house gave Benjamin Carson the Ford’s Theater Lincoln Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 2001, CNN and Time magazine named Dr. Carson one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. In the same year, the Library of Congress selected him as one of 89 “Living Legends. ” Dr. Ben Carson received the Spingarn Medal in 2006, the highest honor by the NAACP.