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Work and Play

There's no way I can fit in work without any play! This week has been a huge blessing.

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays since I've met Ryan! It's just an excuse to go eat a fancy dinner and watch a romantic movie. Everyday is Valentine's Day for us but we always get to pick a place that's more expensive than we would normally eat at and just enjoy the day!

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Well my cousin, Rosie, is probably the biggest fan of this "Hallmark holiday" and always throws a big get together every year! Her theme this year was "Red Carpet" and it was so much fun to dance the night away and spend time with friends and family. I also got to spend the day in the city with my two best friends Maria and Rosie, which is long overdue. Eating "good eats," walking and window-shopping, and catching up was definitely what we all needed!

2012-02-21_mira1My cousin Rosie and I at her Red Carpet party.

Well, when I came home, I realized I had a lot of work to do. I had to work on my Grand Rounds presentation, which consisted of sifting through tons of research articles, ten or so books, and surfing the internet for more resources. It is not anywhere close to being done but I will be spending my day off (President's Day) working on it all day! It definitely has been a learning experience since I picked such a difficult topic but I am excited to share it with my colleagues next week! The title of my presentation is "Dream catching: reaching your inner healer." I will let you know how it goes!

Then on top of the Grand Rounds topic, I got an email from Dr. Solecki concerning my case study report I worked on with him on a patient about a year ago. It has been published and accepted for poster presentation at the Sports Symposium but now it is being reviewed for another presentation in Portland, Oregon! However, that means I have more corrections to make, which I will be working on today, as well.

It's so important in our profession to not only graduate, pass board exams, and get licensed but to contribute! Many things that "Complementary and Alternative Medicine" practitioners use as modalities do not always get published so sometimes modalities we choose to use, we know work, but the public can be skeptical. Case studies are the place to start. It's an isolated event that can examine the success of a treatment you have done with a patient that may have been more complex but it can encourage more research on it or can encourage other practitioners to try your treatment modalities. It's exciting that Dr. Solecki and I have been accepted by multiple presentations, and I can't wait until I put more effort in the case study to get it published into a medical journal.  

Well hope you all enjoyed time with your loved ones during this LOVE week but remember, Valentine's Day is everyday! 

Give Thanks

Hello everyone! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend to share with your loved ones.

This week I only had clinic for two days due to the holidays and I got to fit in a couple patients, but I was so excited to get out of Illinois and see our extended family in Minnesota. We drove the whole 7 hours (super long) but it was more than worth it. There was an endless amount of amazing food, laughs and love. And yes, I did visit the "Mall of America" on Black Friday! :) 

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I've dedicated this blog to all the things I am thankful for--like my little "niece" Rhyin, (pictured above), my little person full of JOY this weekend! We shouldn't only use one weekend of the year to reflect back on the things that are awesome in our lives, but it's definitely a nice reminder to give thanks!

My thanksgiving list:

1. My mother:

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She exemplifies beauty and strength to me. I am definitely my mother's daughter. I love her so much and I am so thankful for all the sacrifices she has made for our family!

2.  My husband:

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Ryan is an amazing man and I am so lucky to have him. Through all my complaining "girl" moments and everything else, he loves me more and more every day. He is going to be such an amazing dad one day and I can't wait to share more life adventures with him.

3. My brothers (and sister-in-law):

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Having three older brothers with a strong mother has definitely made me who I am. They are always supportive of me! Plus my oldest brother and sister-in-law gave me my amazingly awesome nephew, Xander, who makes my life so much more than I could imagine.

4.  My two best friends, Maria and Rosie:

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We've been friends for over 10 years and they definitely complete me. They were both my maids-of-honor in my wedding and will always be in my life forever! They are amazing!

5. My family and friends:

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From my strong-willed grandparents to my hilarious and fashionable cousins to all my colleagues at NUHS. I am a lucky girl to have all these amazing people in my life who make me strive to be the better version of myself and show me that life is about LOVE and LAUGHTER--with a couple bumps in the road. :)

I could probably go on and on and on with what I am thankful for including the food I get to eat every day, the house I come home to, and the education that I have. What is on your THANKFUL list?

Celebrating Life

I started clinic on Tuesday thinking that my week was going to be very slow and also anticipating a slow schedule next week due to Thanksgiving. However, it was actually the opposite!

I finally got to see my first pediatric patient! It was exciting and very challenging to take a history from the mother and then do a physical exam on the tiny human patient! I will have to say that I was very blessed and lucky with my patient because he loved everything about the appointment and was so entertaining!

I've always wanted to go into women's health and pediatric health. This tri and last tri, I had so many patients with women's "problems;" it was difficult but still very rewarding. And now that I had my first pediatric patient, it definitely cemented my decision to do women's and pediatric health! I only hope we can get more pediatric patients in our clinic because it really gave me such a positive and very necessary experience.

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One of my best friends, Rosie, playing "bride" while waiting
for our other best friend to change into wedding dresses!

My weekend was amazing as usual. I got to spend time with my two best friends as we shopped for Maria's wedding dress! After spending an entire day dress shopping, we went to support a very good friend as he had to say goodbye to his mother for the last time after losing her battle to breast cancer. Having two funerals in two weekends is definitely not expected, but celebrating life and being thankful for those people in our lives is just beautiful!

My best friends and I went back to my house and I hosted a "girls night." We cooked together, laughed a lot, and celebrated each other and life! It was a great reminder of all the things I am thankful for, which is family and friends! What a great segue into this Thanksgiving Week!        

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Waiting for Maria to come and show us her first dress!

Stay tuned for next week's blog that will consist of my thankful list and food pictures! :)

Have a happy thanksgiving and enjoy each other...enjoy life!

Blissor: Having a holiday that lets us all enjoy family, good food--and an excuse to stay in pajamas all day! :)

Saying Goodbye

This week began with a very bad start with the news of the sudden passing of one of my friends, Zandi. The week seemed surreal as the entire campus (students, faculty and staff) grieved the loss of such an amazing and positive person. Walking into Janse Hall and seeing the outpouring of love people shared on a huge poster of her that her boyfriend made was so inspiring and touching. It started to feel more real after reading all the messages from people that were very close to her to people that had the chance to witness her beautiful smile while passing in the hallways.   

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Friends of Zandi

It was very refreshing and touching to see the outpouring of love from the faculty and staff that also felt the loss but also knew the loss the students were feeling. Everyone was unbelievably understanding, which can demonstrate the camaraderie we share on the campus. Among all the hustle and bustle of studying and worrying about clinic numbers, a large number of people attended Zandi's memorial service on our campus. The program that her close friends put together was so beautiful and couldn't have been more perfect. We all felt Zandi watching down on us with that big smile on her face. After the program, individuals had the opportunity to pay personal tribute to her with funny and touching memories of why they loved Zandi so much! It definitely made me contemplate what people would say at my memorial!

One of my memories actually relates to this blog. Zandi and I emailed me prior to her attending NUHS with questions about campus life to Chicago life. Well, one day I was walking on campus and I see this woman approaching me with open arms. I was a bit petrified as I looked around and realized that she was running towards me and no one else was around me! I braced myself as she embraced me with the best and most genuine hug ever. Then she said, "Hi Miravone! I'm Zandi!" (ha ha) We both started laughing as I explained that although she knew what I looked like from all my pictures, I had no idea what she looked like! :)

As we celebrated her life and mourned her death, I still attended clinic and had patients to care for. It was a rough lesson to learn--moving forward no matter what.

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Ryan's surprise birthday party.

On Sunday, the day of Zandi's funeral in Raleigh, N.C., I threw my husband a surprise birthday party, celebrating his life. It was bittersweet to realize that Zandi was being put to rest while we were having family and friends over for a get-together celebrating another year of Ryan's life, but it was the best therapy I received.

Ryan was completely surprised and so appreciative of everything that was done behind the scenes for the past two weeks for him. It was definitely what I needed this week as well. I was able to grieve over everything at the beginning of the week and then celebrate life at the end the week. It was the best medicine I could take. I hope everyone has a great week and remember to celebrate life every day!

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Blissor: Life! All my complaints, problems, blissors, etc. are all worth it because I get to live! :) I need to work towards leaving an amazing legacy like Zandi did. 

One of Our Own

I am sitting here thinking of how I could write about my break and all of the hardships I endure when I can't help but think about last night. I received a horrible phone call about the sudden death of an NUHS colleague, an inspiration, and most importantly, a friend. 

ZandiI cannot imagine of one time in all my years of being here at National, when I have had to say goodbye to a classmate and friend that we've all grown to love. I use the word "we" because I truly mean that. Zandi Fennel (in the photo) was a light at National. She could walk into the room and smile and instantly your day would get better. I always told her, "You bring the sun into my day." And she always laughed and said, "Ohhh, Miravone!" But I hope she knew that I truly meant it from my heart.

I actually met Zandi through this blog. We emailed back and forth for about 6 months when she was deciding to make the big move from North Carolina to Lombard for the program. She started as a DC and eventually became dual enrolled in both the DC and ND program. The last time I saw her was Friday (Sept. 9th) and we shared our stories about our break and how much I was suffering through "senioritis" as I was pushing towards the finish line. I complained…complained…and complained, and she smiled and gave me a big hug and said, "Be strong." Those words just echo in my head now that I know those were the some of the last words she said to me.

Campus will never be the same. The people she has touched will definitely never be the same. Her time on earth was so abbreviated, but I know she was a huge follower of God and He truly infiltrated every aspect of who she was, which I believe is why she was so loveable. I hope some of you reading this blog had the opportunity to be touched by her.

A fond memory I have of her was walking through campus and waving to her while she was on the other side of the pond. I was in a hurry to get to clinic and she shouted across the entire campus "Miravone!! Happy Birthday!! Have a good day! You deserve it!" I just laughed because she really SHOUTED and everyone looked at her like she was crazy! (Also, it was a week before my birthday but she told me later, she thought it would brighten my day more since it was so unexpected!) But that was Zandi for ya! She would do anything for anyone if she knew it could bring some happiness into your long days here.

The best part of being on this small campus is the camaraderie that you build whether you plan to or not. I have grown to truly cherish the people I am finishing the ND program with, as well as all the people finishing up behind me (like Zandi), that continually remind us in clinic what the bigger picture is. Among all the hustle and bustle of numbers, patient cases, treatment plans, etc., it is so easy to get caught up and lose yourself in the midst of it all. Zandi was one of those people that did not have a problem with shaking you back into reality with her amazing love and heart.

I will miss seeing her positivity that exuberated through her… I will miss her curly hair that I told her I wish I had… I will miss her hugs that she gave out freely… and I will miss her smile that truly lit up any room she walked into. I wasn't as close to her as some people on this campus, but I truly cherish the time and the friendship I had with her.

Please keep her family and close friends in your prayers. She is originally from North Carolina and we were her home away from home. We love you Zandi and will never forget you. Your legacy lives on in all of us!