After they found my medical condition I had to return to MEPS three more times for consults with a nearby hospital. Each time they ran a different test on me trying to determine if I was eligible for military service.
My Dark Moment came when my recruiter told me I was disqualified. The only option I had now was to get a medical waiver, but spirit had already diminished.
A medical waiver means that my information gathered from MEPS and the hospital they sent me to is sent over to medical professionals in the Marine Corps. They then determine if it is safe for me to serve in the Marines without posing a risk to myself or anybody else.
So now I must wait to hear if my dream will come true, or if I will never become a Marine. With my future in question I had to come up with a back up plan. Although I am unsure of what else I would want to do for the rest of my life, I have a few options. I am interested in either pursuing a career in law enforcement or possibly become an operating engineer. Either way, the outcome of my waiver will permanently effect the rest of my life. Although these are two very different paths in life, I hope I can be happy with the path I end up going down.
One day soon I will know if my lifelong goal will be achieved, or...
If I will be doing something I never thought I would.