Medical Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding, AustinWanda


“When I was 16 I had to drop out of high school because my mom needed help with my sisters and brothers. I got married and finally got my GED when I was 31. It took me from then until three years ago to get to college.

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Not too long ago, I discovered I had cancer. Six months after coming to school they found out it was more aggressive than they thought. The medicine and the shots made me so sick. I had surgery twice and each time I came back to class two days later. The teachers were great. My last name is Martini and that’s what they call me. They would say, ‘You can do it, Martini!’

“When I was 16 I had to drop out of high school because my mom needed help with my sisters and brothers.”

A friend of mine at the college always buys me Harley-Davidson jewelry. I also wear martini glass jewelry because my boys gave them to me. My boys also paid for a tattoo that covers one of my surgery scars. It’s a zipper with a dragon coming out of it. My boys are very supportive of me.

When I first started school, I got into the Medical Assistant program and finished it. I love helping people. Now I’m almost finished with my Medical Billing and Coding diploma, so I can work the front office and the clinical side. I love drawing blood and doing EKGs. Eventually, I want to work in a hospital. A clinic is fine but I want to work nights because I like doing things during the daytime and take motorcycle rides.

“Just stick with it. Keep in your mind what you want out of life.”

To me, success is accomplishing something you dream of doing and you actually went and did it. It’s dealing with all the stuff you don’t think you can deal with, like cancer. You can’t just stop. You have to keep going. I think about all the people who deal with a lot more pain and maybe they don’t have a family or support.

My advice for new students is no matter how bad or how hard it seems, think of something positive you want to accomplish. Talk to the instructors and students. They’ll help you. Just stick with it. Keep in your mind what you want out of life.”

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