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A Beautiful Memorial Day

Welcome back everyone, after a long Memorial Day weekend! I had been looking forward to this break for months, as it was the weekend my parents and sister came to Chicago to visit!

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My parents

Both my sister and dad celebrate birthdays in late May, so they wanted to come and spend one last weekend in the big city before I graduate in December and say farewell to the state of Illinois.

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My sister, Dad, and me

Our activities included sightseeing, brunch atop the Hancock Building, listening to live Blues music at the world-famous Kingston Mines, and wrapping up the holiday with a home Cubs game. What's more American than baseball?

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My sister and I at brunch

Actually, one thing that is more symbolic of America is our patriotism. Every year, we commemorate all of the fallen soldiers who have served our country, and far too often do forget that Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. As a future chiropractor, I may never serve my country the way that our brave men and women have, but I hope to do my part by serving our veterans.

Through the work of our professional organizations, we are fighting to provide chiropractic care to our veterans within the VA systems across the country. Not only are we working to provide care on base to our active military members, but also within the TRICARE system to retirees, dependents, and survivors of our military men and women. With our collaborative efforts, we hope to someday provide the care and services our soldiers deserve. It is such a simple way to show our gratitude and appreciation for their dedication to our nation.

Now, having had the opportunity to reflect on the loves ones lost for such a noble cause, we can stride forward to provide much-deserved care to our veterans who are still among us.

Moving On Up

This past Friday was a tough day for all of us at the Salvation Army Clinic. We celebrated the last day for our 10th trimester interns, Jena and Andy, before they graduate in a couple weeks.

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This was the final time that all of our interns would be together again, so we wanted to make the most of our shift! We all contributed to a delicious potluck, Jena and Andy "passed on" their treatment rooms to us 8th tri interns, and we had a whole morning of endless laughs. Congratulations to all of the 10th tri students who will be out in the field in less than one month!

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As 8th trimester comes to an end over the next couple weeks, it's hard to believe this journey has flown by so quickly! I spent the Easter weekend in Ohio, visiting my boyfriend's family and enjoying a relaxing weekend at home. There's something to home cooked meals, card games, and playing bocce ball in the yard that truly makes me appreciate the slower pace of the real world. In chiropractic school, we commit ourselves to a rigorous program of classes, exams, weekend seminars, and hours in the library, so it's nice to be reminded of what life is like after professional school. It gives me the opportunity to daydream about how my life will be 8 months from now. :) Oh, how I'm looking forward to life after school!

As always, I hope everyone has a terrific week ahead, and enjoy the warm weather and sunshine as we grow closer to summertime in the Midwest!

7th Trimester COMPLETE!

It's hard to believe that the fall trimester is almost over. With the holidays being so highly anticipated by students, it seems as though there is always something to look forward to that makes the time fly by.

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This past weekend, I spent the Thanksgiving holiday at my parent's home in Ohio. I did my best to follow my own Thanksgiving recommendations, but it's safe to say that I still ate my share of satisfying, home-cooked calories! Having the opportunity to study chiropractic medicine is a blessing in and of itself, but then when I think about all the friends I've met, memories I've made, and life lessons I've learned, life really does seem wonderful. Every day I am in this challenging program, I am reminded how much I have to be thankful for.

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Alright, so my weekend didn't stop there. I traveled to "old Columbus town" for the remainder of my trip home to spend time with college friends and watch the rivalry of the year, the Ohio State vs. Michigan football game. (This may be the point in my blogs where some people stop reading!) I have been and will always be a Buckeye alumnus and diehard fan, so this is commonly my favorite weekend of the year. I was able to catch up with friends from college that I hadn't seen since we graduated two and a half years ago, and I couldn't have asked for a better weekend revisiting college memories!

So now I'm back in Lombard, gearing up for 10 days of final exams, practicals, and papers. These are commonly everyone's least favorite two weeks of the trimester, when we find ourselves increasing our coffee intake and our eyes dry out from staring at endless notes. It's going to be a challenging period, but you just feel that much more accomplished by the end of it all. Wow, I'm going to graduate chiropractic school in just about one year!

My 4-week winter break is going to begin by moving to my new apartment in Lincoln Park, spending time in Ohio visiting friends and family, and taking a nice tropical vacation over New Year's! I'm really looking forward to a little R&R and a chance to unwind before the last year begins.

I wish everyone the happiest and safest of holidays! As always, I'd love to hear from you if you have any questions about NUHS and our programs. :) Take care and enjoy the new year!

OSCA Convention 2014

One of the most crucial steps to success in the chiropractic profession is active involvement in your state and national professional organizations. Intending to move back to Ohio and practice after graduation, I recently attended the annual convention in Columbus, Ohio, for the Ohio State Chiropractic Association (OSCA). What a weekend! Myself and four other DC students, all from different stages of the curriculum, attended the convention to learn more about the future of our profession, why we need to maintain our presence in the field of health care, and what we can do as students to become more involved.

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Brent, Stephen, Jess, and myself enjoying a night out in Columbus

Our students attended a session about treatment of shoulder conditions, which are said to be the 3rd most common reason that people present to a chiropractor's office for care. We were taught by Dr. Brett Winchester, a well-known educator and instructor for Motion Palpation Institute, DNS, and other valuable organizations. He emphasized the importance of understanding the kinetic chain of movement, rehabilitating more than just the site of pain, and teaching patients correct lifestyle modifications they can make to prevent re-injury from occurring.

Saturday night was the beautiful gala for all attendees of the convention -- physicians, students and office staff alike. I watched in amazement as Bharon Hoag, the Executive Director of the OSCA and a dear friend, presented prestigious awards to members of the Ohio Senate, Ohio House of Representatives, Ms. America 2014 (who is a chiropractor!), and other incredibly influential people. Ohio is the first state in America to have passed legislation allowing chiropractors to be on the front-line for concussion care, which is PHENOMENAL. If it weren't for the hard work of the board members, directors and current doctors in Ohio fighting for our rights, we never would have achieved this monumental step for chiropractic.

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Me with my brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Kelly

My brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Kelly, were in attendance at the convention as well, both also practicing DCs in northeast Ohio. Visiting with my family and discussing our profession was such a perfect way to spend my weekend, and I amsothankful to have them as role models and inspiration for my career! This weekend was also a tremendous opportunity to meet current doctors, hear their advice and success stories, and bring back this spirit to our fellow students at NUHS. I took away so much valuable information, leaving with an overwhelming sense of excitement and hope for our profession, and there is no doubt in my mind that I will be attending the convention again next year!

Why Become Involved?

Participating in professional organizations such as the OSCA gives us a greater sense of purpose. We entered this healthcare profession to touch people's lives and positively impact our communities, but who says that our influence has to stop there? It is our duty to take pride in our career of alternative healthcare and therefore fight for it. At times, we are so unaware of the overwhelming sacrifice and dedication that our predecessors contributed to the advancement and success of our profession.

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Photo booth fun with NUHS peers and Bharon Hoag, OSCA Executive Director

We are the future leaders of chiropractic medicine, and we are the ones responsible for the success and continuation of our craft. We are given the tremendous opportunity to change lives, so if we do not do all that is in our power to protect and preserve this right, we are selfish. Becoming involved in these organizations is not only of value for us and our future practices, but for the success of our profession as a whole.

Year 3 Begins

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Welcome back to the beginning of a new trimester at National. Since I last blogged, I have been traveling non-stop to see friends and family, so I wanted to write about my experiences away from NUHS. By the time finals week had concluded, I was in much need of a mental break!

I spent my first few days of vacation still here in Chicago, seeing various country artists such as Miranda Lambert and Chip Esten (Deacon on ABC's hit series Nashville), as well as working at fun events such as the Arlington Million up at the Arlington Heights Race Track.

I eagerly traveled to northeast Ohio to spend time with my family, including my little sister, before she went back to Ohio University for her last fall semester of classes. I spent some time shadowing and visiting with my older brother and his wife at their very successful chiropractic practice, which always serves as a friendly reminder of WHY I am going through this challenging program!

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One of the best parts of my break was traveling to the scenic Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio with my boyfriend Taylor. He and I spent a long weekend hiking, exploring the caves and trails, zip lining through the forests, and canoeing down the Hocking River. You may never have been to Ohio or explored its state parks, but Hocking Hills is an absolutely beautiful experience for people and families of all ages. Being able to see the stars at night isn't so bad either, since I spend most of my year staring up at streetlights. It was a perfect trip full of new landscapes, new experiences, and plenty of relaxation.

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While passing through Columbus, Ohio, I shadowed two National graduates currently practicing in the central Ohio area: Dr. Jennifer Wente-Moeller and Dr. James Schramm.

Let me tell you that observing doctors first-hand is the absolute BEST experience you can gain as a student. Shadowing a doctor teaches you things that the classroom sometimes cannot, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to have met with two unique and inspiring doctors!

I'm looking forward to a very busy, yet exciting trimester. It's hard to believe I am beginning my 3rd year in the chiropractic program and enrolled in Tri 7 classes! Wow, time flies when you're in chiropractic school! As I say to some of the younger students beginning the program, I worked incredibly hard to get where I am now, but looking back, I wouldn't trade it for anything. :)

As always, please feel free to contact me at erinemley@student.nuhs.edu with any questions about my blog or my experiences here in the DC program at National!