Celebration Galore!

July was a month packed with family visits, late nights spent in the city, a wedding, birthdays, and clinic! Can't forget the crazy storms and heat, too!

Ryan and I finally had some time to recuperate this weekend (somewhat). We had my cousin's wedding on Friday, which was amazing and beautiful, then had the weekend to soak up some vitamin D and work on projects we've set aside.

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The above picture is from a birthday dinner celebration for Crystal, one of my colleagues that I have grown to really care for and respect! It was fun to unwind and get a night away to celebrate life.

My cousin Noorie got married on Friday (July 29th) and it was absolutely beautiful. It was the day I was looking forward to the entire week! It was a huge reunion for a lot of family that live close by but who I don't get to see too often--especially my great uncle who is struggling with liver cancer. He made it all the way from Wisconsin and it was so amazing to see him.

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Hardest Part of the Program

When people ask me the HARDEST part of the program, I always jump to the typical answer: Time Management. However, with recent personal events in my family, including my great uncle fighting for his life against liver cancer, I would have to say the hardest part is: Knowledge.

Sounds weird right? Well, it definitely is the hardest. One of my colleagues just lost her mother to a sudden health condition and one of my closest family members just got diagnosed with Stage I colon cancer. It is definitely the HARDEST part of the program! From dealing with it on a personal level then coming to school and having to hear about different diseases, study them, and KNOW them. So when the day comes (hopefully not again) that another person close to me gets diagnosed with something, it strikes me in the heart because I know from the beginning to the end.

Best Part of the Program

But here is the BEST part of the program: Knowledge. Yeah, yeah, yeah...I know I just said it was the hardest but it also has its rewards. My very close family member that just got diagnosed with Stage I colon cancer doesn't understand the medical lingo very well, so I've been going to her doctor's appointments and will be there at her surgery in 3 weeks in order to communicate with her surgeon. I will also be there to help her recover, and will utilize my knowledge to make sure she avoids common surgical complications such as infection.

As I am going deeper into Tri 8 and almost finishing it up soon, my weaknesses have become more exposed, which has caused me to push myself further so that those weaknesses turn into strengths. Everything that I've gone through in both of these programs has definitely shaped the physician that I am today. And I know when I write my last blog next year in April, I will be an EVEN BETTER physician than I am right now. For all that, I am extremely thankful. So when you're facing tough situations with family or friends struggling with health conditions or you have fallen into unfortunate health, don't be discouraged but be empowered by the knowledge that is instilled and ingrained in you at NUHS!

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