Cheryl Pegus. MD. MPH
Cheryl Pegus. MD. MPH Former Chief Medical Officer, Walgreen Co.
When I was younger, I actually was born in Trinidad. I was actually raised by my grandparents. My mom immigrated to the United States and worked to support me as a child. My grandfather got sick. Now, back in those days -- this is in the early '70s -- getting sick as an older, African-American man, you just didn't go to the doctor. You pretty much stayed home. You tried home remedies. If things got worse, you kind of said, "Oh, well. Here's what's going on." And I watched an incredibly vibrant man -- who, by the way, taught me how to climb coconut trees -- pass away at home.
I had thought for a very long time that I would actually stay in Trinidad. I would finish my basic education, and then I would make a decision if I was going to move to the United States with my mom. I was 12 years old. I remember coming over here for a summer vacation and just saying, "I'm not going back. I'm going to finish school and I want to be a doctor."
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