Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Doctors' Doctor Masterson Was Tested by Her Mother's Death

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Doctors' Doctor Masterson Was Tested by Her Mother's Death

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Lisa Masterson is one of those women who has done it all, and almost all at once. But the obstetrician- gynecologist who represents the distaff side on the syndicated TV show "The Doctors" did it the hard way.

She married her first year of medical school, had her son the second year, and then heard the worst news of her life. Her mother, who had been her muse and mentor all her life, was dying of breast cancer.

Dr. Masterson had a brother, 13 years her junior, and when her mom became ill for the second time, they moved in with Masterson and her family.

"It was very difficult being a physician and not being able to save her," she says in a barren meeting room backstage where "The Doctors" is taped. "That's one of my biggest disappointments in life. ... I'd give anything if that never happened. I was told when she had about a year left. So when I got that information, she moved in with us. And when my mother passed, my husband and I tried to raise my brother.

"But I was in residency then, so I wasn't around a lot. And he rebelled. His mother had just passed away, and he rebelled at me trying to raise him."

Her brother was sent to live with his stepfather, but Dr. Masterson was having trouble coping with the grief herself.

It was her mother who first inspired her to greater things. A divorced mom, she raised Lisa alone. "She was always very much 'Go for it. Follow your dreams, whatever you want to do you can do it.' My mother was always my biggest advocate.

"I was very, very studious, very driven. I skipped fourth grade. I always wanted to be the best in school and that was the drive. My mother always said to give 110 percent and that's what I did."

With her mother's passing, Dr. Masterson recalls, "I almost didn't make it from my mother's loss. I stopped eating afterwards and my family were all worried about me -- I was that close to my mother -- whether I would be able to go on after her loss. …

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