Called to Religious Life after Medical School - by Lynn Mousel
I am 52 years old and was diagnosed with Turner syndrome (TS) at birth. When I was born, I had lymphedema and a dislocated hip. I always enjoyed school and got good grades. I went on to get a B.S. in biology with a minor in psychology. I then applied to medical school and was accepted at the University of Nebraska, which is my home state. I did residency training in psychiatry and specialized in child psychiatry.
I grew up Catholic and felt a call to religious life as a Catholic Sister. I entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary, based in Davenport, Iowa in 2004. I actively practiced psychiatry until 2017, when I moved to Davenport and became a part of my religious community's leadership team. I also help support people who are interested in joining the community, either as a sister or a lay associate. I really enjoy the variety of this work. No day is exactly the same.
Thanks to the Turner Syndrome Study at the National Institutes of Health, I found out I have dilation of my aorta. I am being followed regularly for that. I am grateful for the wonderful healthcare I have received, and the ability to live such a full life.