Hey, I'm Marcella!

I am a junior doctor living and working in Sierra Leone. I'm an aspiring Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon, a Global Health Researcher and a Global Surgery enthusiast. Outside of work, I'm an amateur photographer and I love doing hand crafts, DIY projects, reading and planning events. Lately, I've found myself wanting to tell so many stories about my encounters in and out of work.  So I thought 'why not write blog posts?'. And that is how I got started!

Surgery and I are a true love story, believe me! A few weeks into my first rotation as an intern, I realised that I really loved surgery. Generally, I think of myself as a fixer. So how the body breaks and how it can be fixed really feeds my curiousity and the theatre has become my happy place. I was (and still am) more fascinated about the art and science of surgery and the human body than anything else.

As a trainee, I spend most of my time in and around the hospital. There are days when I wonder about my future and how I can create some sort of 'work-life balance'. I also often think about what other 'flexible' careers I might have outside surgery. But the truth is, even though I haven't quite figured all of this out yet, deep down in my heart of hearts, I cannot think of anything that excites me as much as surgery. I love the adrenaline rush and chaos that comes with it. I am learning to make time for hobbies, myself and the people that are close to my heart. And for sure, being a woman daring to pursue a career in a field traditionally dominated by men and gender stereotyped, is not an easy feat. But I am inspired daily by so many amazing women Surgeons who do it all. I have learned to be fearless in the pursuit of what sets my soul on fire!

Follow my journey into the unknown as I try to navigate my way to being a global surgeon, a researcher and find that 'work-life balance.'