Monday, August 28, 2006

I Passed

I passed my pathology boards.

I opened the envelope minutes ago to the drum of my hurrying heart.

And there it was, in fine, elegant print, as if specifically designed for the nearsighted, the infamous and less often received than awaited "congratulations!"

Yes. Fifteen letters and a resounding exclamation mark, summing up the culmination of fourteen years of uncertainty and hard work. Fourteen years. One fifth of a lifetime doing one something more than anything else, almost instead of everything else, fighting all possible odds to finally grab it, and maybe rest like a warrior between two battles.

I grabbed it. To find out that it is no more than fifteen letters on a piece of paper on a dusty desk. No popping corks, no fireworks, no dancing divas. No nothing.

Just me.

Me, minus fourteen years of my life, and a certificate to that effect.


Anonymous anne k said...

FĂ©licitations ;-D

2:18 AM  
Blogger gitanes legeres said...

mabrouk, fouad

2:22 AM  
Blogger rouba said...

just did mine today
you pathologists are always ahead of your time :)

2:24 AM  
Blogger pilgrim said...

Well, all you have to do is invite some divas to dance on your desk ( this will help get rid of the dust), open 15 bottles of champagne ( after the second one, believe me, fireworks will start happening, beware not to burn the house down..) and get drunk for 14 days!! and don't... forget to invite us, the party will be so much better!!!
congrats..w 3akbal al ...oh this is al shhadeh al kbireh!!!

5:35 AM  
Blogger Goncalo Veiga said...

Parabéns! Or in Lebanese, Mabrouk!

10:01 AM  
Blogger Ghassan said...


10:20 AM  
Blogger Lazarus said...

ya khayi fouad, mabrouk!

11:49 AM  
Blogger AM said...

Mabrouk Fouad.
14 years ... *bows*
Bravo :)

12:36 PM  
Blogger Delirious said...

Yippee yay! 10000000000 mabrouks!

1:20 PM  
Blogger Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Congratulations fouad. I guess the biggest certificate is from all the good you have done and can do with that piece of paper. God bless and best of luck with everything you wish to do.

2:51 PM  
Blogger anny said...


5:28 PM  
Blogger brainhell said...

Cuando viene el cash? Pues, no esta tan malo.

6:38 PM  
Anonymous aisling said...

well done

6:57 PM  
Blogger Mirvat said...

mabrouk man

8:36 PM  
Blogger hashem said...

mabrouk ya Fouad :)

9:24 PM  
Blogger jooj said...

Congrats fouad

10:34 PM  
Blogger Mar said...


11:01 PM  
Blogger Fouad said...

thanks guys. yberek feekon :)

6:36 AM  
Blogger Zanzounito said...

mabrouk fouad! make mama proud!

4:46 PM  
Anonymous nazem Akoum said...

mabrouk boubou

10:47 PM  
Blogger Erzulie said...


Alf alf alf alf mabrook! :D

11:44 PM  
Blogger Zee said...

shit, I am late to the party .. as usual, and I can't even provide dancing ladies.
Be assured I'll drink some Champaign though on your behalf. Be well, YOU DID IT!!!!

12:09 AM  
Blogger Lebanese Meze said...

Cheers and Alf mabrouk.

2:13 AM  
Blogger nado said...

Bravo, Mabrouk :)

7:02 AM  
Blogger jij said...

mabrouk fouad... take a break or something

7:50 AM  
Blogger Fouad said...

akoum! shta2tillak man. thanks

ahla nado and thank you

thanks meze, wou cheers 3a bat7et 3ara2 :)

jij, wow haven't seen you here in a while. thanks man, and I don't know about breaks. work seems to be with me in the spirit wherever I go. Bass I'l think about it :)

10:24 AM  
Blogger FZ said...

Im late too but... Congratulations, Fouad!!
Such a immense journey... and still only beginning! :)

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mabrouk fouad. 3ekbali :D

7:06 PM  
Blogger Fouad said...

shammous! so happy to see you here! how are things? 3a2belik indeed :)
you should come here for a breast pathology elective it would be great..
best regards to adham and hope to see you guys here soon.

12:45 AM  
Blogger Mia said...


12:44 PM  
Blogger Rania said...

You're an inspiration.

5:19 AM  
Blogger 7aki neswen said...

w hehhhhh

3:46 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Fouad, congratulations! what a fascinating career you're going to be having.. the fourteen years will have been worth it,

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Carmel said...

Congratulations Fouad!U surely well deserved it!
14 years!!! And May all the Success lie ahead....
Good Luck in all your endeavors!

2:39 AM  
Blogger La La said...

yay congratulations!

1:15 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Congratulations, what a great achievement! I passed my medicine boards 12 years ago and remember that tremendous sense of relief. Take a good long rest, and enjoy the view from that new height you've finally scaled...

9:52 PM  
Blogger A. said...

A very late congratulations, Fouad. I wish you all the best.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It isn't surprising: you're a great doctor!
Warm hug,

8:51 AM  
Blogger da Angel wears Escada said...

Look at the upside,Doc; at least for the next fourteen years you won't be bored stiff by all the stiffs in the morgue - they are all of 'em a well behaved lot in there.
And that's the Final Diagnosis.

6:37 AM  

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