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.
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
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.
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
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!