This is my last blog. I will be graduating next week. I have so
many emotions I really can't describe them all, but I wanted to
express my gratitude to the university, professors and my fellow
My journey does not end here. It is just the
beginning. I am very thankful that I was able to further my
education, especially with the obstacles. It is difficult to raise
a family in this day and age, especially a family of seven. I am
thankful to each of my children and my husband for the many
sacrifices the family made to see me through the past two and
one-half years in the Master of Science in Acupuncture Program.
I have been truly blessed with a great support system of
friends, family and a wonderful father-in-law, Father Michael
Pfleger. My success is true testimony to anyone that you can go
back to school AND raise a family.
I did have difficult times. I had a few trimesters where I just
wanted to throw in the towel and go back to Human Resource
Management because we desperately needed the money. There was a
point in time where we lived in hotels and the entire family was
dislocated. I had to reach out in the community to food pantries
and government supplemental assistance. I never gave up my hope or
Of course, remember that saying, "What does not
kill you makes you stronger." My experience here at National made
me a stronger person, a better mom, and a caring, compassionate
practitioner. I look forward to passing the boards and working with
a fellow graduate in Lisle, Illinois, and also continuing my
I am thankful for all the opportunities I have been given. This
would not be the case if I did not further my education. I
encourage those who are thinking about going back to school for
their master's or doctorate to pursue it now!
Remember: Juli Yelnick will be the new AOM blogger staring next
trimester. I look forward to reading her blogs and learning from
Happy Holidays! Happy Studying! Congratulations to the graduates
of the NUHS December Class of 2013. Happy New Year!
First, I would like to say welcome back students and faculty at
NUHS. I had a wonderful two weeks break. At the end of this
trimester, I will graduate with my master's degree in acupuncture.
I will still be around campus, though, since I officially
dual-enrolled this trimester in the naturopathic medicine program
and will be working on second doctorate at Midwestern University in
Downers Grove starting in winter quarter.
This week's blog is about the first Illinois Walk for
Acupuncture sponsored by the Illinois Association of Acupuncture & Oriental
Medicine (ILaaom). ILaaom is Illinois' oldest
professional organization representing licensed acupuncturists and
students, along with oriental medical schools and
acupuncture-related businesses. It is registered with the State of
Illinois as a nonprofit corporation. ILaaom was formed in 1983 (as
the Illinois State Acupuncture Association) to be the unifying
force for Illinois acupuncturists to uphold ethical and
well-regulated standards of practice and to lobby for legislation
to advance the profession. ILaaom acknowledges and respects all
traditions of acupuncture and oriental medicine, and believes that
cooperation and strength among practitioners and supporters will
ensure that this ancient medical art will retain its integrity and
achieve the recognition and legal status to which it is entitled,
thus enhancing the quality of health care for people in
The first Illinois walk for acupuncture was held this past
Saturday, September 7th from 9am to 12pm in
downtown Chicago along our beautiful lakefront. We had a great
turnout. They coined the phrase "Move your Qi - Walk for
Acupuncture." Everyone had a great time!
The walk helped raised money to continue our work of increasing
awareness of the benefits of acupuncture, advancing and defending
the practice of acupuncture in Illinois, and improving services and
support for practitioners. ILaaom will be having future walks and
events. You can visit their website: Support Acupuncture.
A Big Thanks to NUHS students, friends, and family who were able
to attend the event.
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