I love it when people inspire each other. This letter inspires me to inspire more young women to become cardiothoracic surgeons!
Date: February 26, 2011 11:20:44 PM PST
Dear Ms. Magliato,
I wasn’t sure exactly how to contact you so I am sending this to your publicist and the email given on your website in the hopes that somehow it will end up reaching you. My name is Zoe Fullerton and I am a senior at Palisades Charter High School. Three weeks ago I picked up your book, Heart Matters, in a book store in Malibu by chance and I am so grateful that I did. Though I am only a high school student it is my dream to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. However, there are many things about my goal that in the past have made me doubtful that I could actually achieve it. Your stories about finding the balance between being a determined and “cold” surgeon and a compassionate doctor, not to mention finding the balance needed to become a respected female surgeon, have changed my life. I have so much admiration for the way you have overcome and pushed through any obstacle placed before you. I hope to one day be able to tell others about experiences similar to yours with the same passion and compassion that you convey in your book. In simple words, you and your stories are an inspiration and I cannot thank you enough for that. In fact, it was your meeting with Christiaan Barnard that inspired me to write this email! Thank you again!