Think Big

Topics: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, Neurosurgery Pages: 3 (1058 words) Published: July 13, 2005
From Slow Learner To
Brilliant Brain Surgeon
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson Sr.
Director Of Pediatric Surgery
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Coming from a broken home in Detroit, Michigan, Ben Carson developed a terrible hot temper along with severe low self-esteem at a very young age. He was just another kid trying to survive. His possibility for a decent future didn't look good. The deck was definitely stacked against him.

Remember though, that in America, it doesn't matter what cards you are dealt, it only matters how you play the hand, and the Carson family managed to play their hand quite well. Today, Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr. is the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery of the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland as well as one of the world's top brain surgeons.

Instrumental in building up that initially weak deck of cards was Ben's mother, Sonya who was the rock of the family. She went through some tremendous challenges in her youth as well, in-and-out of foster homes, a third grade education, married at thirteen and heart problems. Worst of all, she found out that her husband, a minister, already had a wife on the other side of town with five children. With all of these challenges she was determined that somehow her two boys would one-day amount to something good. "I did not like school very much and there was no reason why I should," recalls Carson. "Inasmuch as I was the dumbest kid in the class, what did I have to look forward to? The others laughed at me and made jokes about me every day. I really felt I was the stupidest kid in the fifth grade." It was his mother's love that stressed that education was the only way he was ever going to escape poverty. She sought guidance through prayer about Ben and his older brother Curtis' situation. She was given the wisdom, which was to limit the boy's television viewing to only two pre-selected programs per week. They were currently wasting away with...
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