There was a day that her life got stumped. First she was a Stanford doctor, then she became a trauma patient due to a car accident. Now, she could not stand up or else she would faint. The doctor-turned-patient had an invisible disease and the doctors were stumped, too.
What did she have? Why did she have to live on IV fluid? In No More Tears: A Doctor-Turned-Patient Inspires Recovery, Dr. Margaret Aranda takes you on a ride to the door of Heaven as she describes her near-death experience after a car accident. She was unable to walk and unable to talk, and for over three years, she lived on IV fluid.
No More Tears will inspire you to persevere, to speak up, and to be that rare bird, that underdog who wins despite the odds.
Dr. Margaret Aranda
Dr. Margaret Aranda was born in Santa Monica, California and was a ‘Valley Girl’ during adolescence. While raising her six siblings, she was on Granada Hills High School Swim Team; she ran away from home and graduated high school at age sixteen. By age 19, she acquired California Cosmetology and Real Estate licenses. Despite the lack of support, domestic violence, and an alcoholic spouse, she became the first doctor in her family.
Seemingly followed by various adversities, her husband left her during her first year of medical school, taking their child. She eventually obtained custody of their son and graduated Keck USC School of Medicine. She became Vice President of the House Officer’s Association at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, rotating through the Jail Ward and getting assaulted by a psychiatric patient who put her in a military chokehold. Struggling as a truly single mother, she earned grocery money by scrubbing toilets for a law office until she transferred to Stanford.
She graduated Stanford School of Medicine’s anesthesiology and then critical care Fellowship. Her first ‘real’ job was as Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Traumatology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional career continued with research and publications. She was granted an additional Assistant Professorship of Radiology, leading to her position as Interim Chief of Anesthesiology at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, during 9/11.
Her father got Alzheimer’s disease, so she moved back to California. As Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Radiology at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, a tragic car accident befell her and her daughter. At an estimated 90 mph, their truck was T-boned, spinning Margaret’s brain like a centrifuge. That’s where her book “The Rebel Patient” begins.
Disabled and primarily bedridden after traumatic brain injury and diabetes insipidus (TBI with DI), dysautonomia, gastroparesis, and vertebral artery dissection, Margaret continues to her social media expertise to validate and encourage the sick and oppressed, especially the RebelPatient.™