Yolanda López López, MD, MA, a rheumatologist in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, says she’s been writing “forever.” But when she was in high school, several teachers, counselors and others persuaded her against selecting writing as a profession or even getting a college degree in literature because she wouldn’t be able to earn a comfortable living. At the time, she was told that good-paying writing jobs were simply not to be found.
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So Dr. López chose medicine, her other passion, as her career and has served in private practice for more than 30 years. She never stopped writing, though, and in 2011, earned a master’s degree in creative writing from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, a private college in Puerto Rico. She has now had a novel published and is completing a second novel and an assortment of short stories while working on two books about rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.
“Writing gives me a lot of energy,” she says. “It frees your mind. You can create, travel, go back and forth in time. It’s like you’re living in that time or space. You can actually feel it.”