Twenty-six-year-old Christopher Barbey recently wrote about his experience with hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia in an article published by the Journal of American Medical Association. Titled Mind-Body Duelist, Chris explores how emotionally difficult it was for him as a teen. He was confronted with the need for dental implants instead of traditional dentures to replace his missing teeth.
Chris finds himself at a treatment crossroads. Read about the path he chose as an “overcomer,” the successes he achieves and what he’s learned about his mind, his body, his self.
In addition to being a published author, Chris talks about his hobbies and career.
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“As far as hobbies go, I really like rock climbing. I’m also trying to become more involved in advocacy and activism by using my free time to support groups and causes that will advance the civil rights of people with disabilities and other minorities.
With regard to career aspirations, I’m taking it slow for the moment. I’m motivated by current job as a health care policy and economics researcher, and I hope to stay involved in these issues going forward.
The most likely thing is that I will do a PhD in health policy, but I’m also considering going into medicine (by either becoming a nurse practitioner or a primary care physician). I’m interested in the intersection of social justice and medicine, and I hope that, should I decide to commit to a career in medicine, my personal experience with chronic illness/disability would inform the care that I provide. – Chris