So I understand just how competitive medicine is. Entry grades are high and applicants to placement ratios are ridiculous! However, none of will stop me from wanting to become a doctor. Not in the slightest. However, I really feel like it would be very nearly impossible for me because of my GCSE results I received this August. Four years ago, one of my family members was diagnosed with Stage 4 gbm. The prognosis was 18 months and I was devastated. Over the next 4 years they had 3 brain surgeries to remove multiple tumours and suffered great loss from their life. They were never the same again. I spent so much of my time in Kings Hospital in London whilst they took weeks to recover and were readmitted with infections, encephalitis, radio necrosis. The list seriously goes on. I sacrificed so much time I should of been revising for my grandfather. It took such a toll on my mental health, I was utterly devastated. I would take my books to the hospital with me and whilst he slept I would study. My grades were good enough to now be able to study maths, biology, chemistry and psychology at a grammar school but I know they will set me back. Even though I may of performed worse on my GCSE’s because of the circumstances. Spending so much time in a hospital environment made me realise how much more I wanted to be a doctor. I was in awe of the teams around me, they saved his life on multiple occasions. I want to be able to do that. I need advice on what the best possible thing to do is. I’m desperate. If you have any knowledge or information I would be eternally grateful.