Ignorant Family Derides Woman’s Professional Achievements. Their Latest Comments Finally Made Her Snap. But Should She Have Stayed Silent?

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Becoming a surgeon is undoubtedly tough. But imagine if your own family doesn’t believe in your success? This Reddit user (a plastic surgeon) faced just that when her aunt said she’s “not a real doctor.” After enduring repeated insults from her aunt, the surgeon finally hit back. But, was her reply too harsh? Here’s the full story:

The Background

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The Original Poster (OP) explains that she spent years training to become a plastic surgeon. She’d wanted to do psychiatry at first but found surgery too interesting to resist. Unfortunately for OP, this decision didn’t go down too well with some of her family members…

Her Family Made Snide Comments

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Her aunts, cousins, uncles, and grandparents had all been super supportive when OP was in medical school. Yet they “completely flipped” when she revealed her plan to pursue plastic surgery. They all made snide and hurtful comments about it – especially one of her aunts.

Things Changed Recently

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After initially feeling annoyed, OP managed to let go and move on. However, that changed recently when one of her cousins – the daughter of the particularly critical aunt – did a PLC in nursing and childcare.

She Won’t Stop Going On About It

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OP really doesn’t care what her cousin does. The only annoying thing is that her aunt won’t stop going on about it. According to OP, her aunt seems to think she should know “everything that’s happening with her daughter.” Particularly the fact she’s so smart and amazing for doing the PLC…

Her Aunt Crossed a Line

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The last time OP saw her aunt, she said something that got right under OP’s skin. While having dinner, she said, “It’s great that she’s going into medical school…maybe we can finally have a REAL doctor in the family.”

OP Snapped

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OP was silent at first but then totally lost it. She snapped back at her aunt, saying, “Her changing kids’ soiled pants doesn’t make her a doctor, and her knowing how to clean a cut doesn’t either. She’s not in medical school, she’s too dumb for that. She wouldn’t last a week before dropping out.”

It Went Downhill From There

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Her aunt was furious. She shouted at OP, accusing her of being rude and saying she “wasn’t much of a doctor either.” OP shouted back that she’s a licensed doctor and surgeon who trained for years to get where she is today. She told her aunt she has no idea what she was talking about.

It Has Created a Rift

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Her aunt burst into tears at that point and left the room. Soon after, OP received an angry message from her cousin who accused her of attacking her mom. Then other family members contacted her with similar sentiments. OP’s closest family are on her side and telling her not to apologize, but everyone else is shunning and refusing to talk to her. Was OP the bad guy, here?

Reddit Was On Her Side

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People on Reddit rushed to OP’s defense. No, said the masses. OP’s definitely not the bad guy. The top comment said:

“You can tell them I said to p**** off. And that the plastic surgeon who fixed my 5 year sister’s face when a dog ate it, so now that within a year nobody could tell it even happened changing her life for the better was, IN FACT madam, a REAL doctor…I’m so angry on your behalf.”

Her Aunt’s Ignorant

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Other people tried to explain why her aunt might be reacting the way she is. One said, “A lot of people have an out-of-date/Hollywood idea of what a plastic surgeon really does within medicine. They think you picked your specialty so you can get rich, giving wealthy vain people b*** jobs. They forget about all the people that need reconstructive surgery because of car accidents, fires, flesh-eating bacteria, etc. Your aunt sounds ignorant.”

Another piggybacked on that comment to write, “This right here. So many people focus on the “cosmetic” aspect of plastic surgery and don’t consider how valuable and specialized their skill set is.”

What Do You Think?

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So whose side are you on? Do you agree with everyone on Reddit? That OP’s aunt is the ignorant villain of the story? Or should OP have responded better to the situation? What could/should she have done differently? Drop a comment with your thoughts!

 

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