The Rebel Patient
Resurrected from a Life Almost Lost
by Dr. Margaret Aranda
by Dr. Margaret Aranda
What do you think of Dr. Margaret Aranda’s picture taken on May 11, 2017, at age 56? (look below)
As she held onto life with all her strength, her colleagues didn’t believe she was sick. They sent her home to die. If only they could see her now!
They didn’t have it in them to fight for her life. In reality, they never understood how sick she was, and refused to believe in her honesty. She had to fight, and find one doctor to save her life.
And now, she feels as if she died and was born again!
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Dr. Margaret Aranda is here as a voice for all those who died without a voice.
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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.™