Yes, everyone! It is true! We are happy to announce that we are
expecting and "Baby Dorough" will be making his/her debut in
September of this year! We are so excited and have been overwhelmed
with the outpouring of love we have received when we made the big
announcement this weekend.
Are we scared? Nervous? Uneasy? Definitely! Words cannot express
the love we already have for our little one, but we are definitely
fully aware of the changes and sacrifices that we will and have
already been conscious of making.
Being a professional woman with a career in mind can be
difficult to imagine a life with a family and keeping that happy
medium. In our medical field, it can definitely be challenging to
commit fully to marketing yourself and building a patient base from
the ground up while trying to raise a child, manage a household,
and to be a good wife, I realize all of that. This is a surreal
experience and we are just going with the "flow" at this point.
Life is definitely not 100% expected and there's always a twist
and turn somewhere. Ryan and I have been so blessed to have
unlimited amounts of support to get us through those twists and
turns and this time it is no different. Expecting to have two
incomes to live off of after I graduated gave us security. Now with
a little one coming, it all changes whereas the bills won't! So we
are in a position of uncertainty and question, but nonetheless, we
are ready and very excited to take on this new level of maturity
and raise another human being!
Now you all might be wondering where this leaves my career?
Well, I am asking myself that same question. I have always felt a
great and deep purpose for naturopathic medicine and that has not
changed one bit. However, this does change the immediate future in
terms of my "career goals." My purpose has shifted and is geared
more towards being an amazing mother and wife while my husband will
be our main source of financial support. Does that scare us?
Financially--Yes. Emotionally--Not at all.
Me as a naturopath won't change. My passion will remain a
stronghold that will motivate me to fully cultivate it into a
reality one day. Might not be by May like I had planned, but it
will happen, I promise you that!
So wish us good health and luck as we venture into this amazing
and unforgettable journey. I'll be sure to keep you updated while I
can. Only 6 more weeks until I am officially free! :)
The next three weeks are going to seem like the longest three
weeks of my life. In addition to the long days I spend in clinic in
Lombard, I will also be going to the Salvation Army clinic in the
city from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. After treating patients under Dr.
Charles Kuehner at that clinic, I will head directly back into the
suburbs to treat my patients there until 7:00 p.m. This makes for
super long days including all the traffic and traveling. Please
keep me in your thoughts as I try to get through the long days and
short sleep schedules while trying to maintain my sanity!
The population that gets treated at Salvation Army is an amazing
group of individuals. They are all either suffering from drug
abuse, alcohol abuse or both, with a variety of lifestyle factors
that have led to chronic and severe diseases. Yet they have taken
it upon themselves to go for change, even after everything they
have been through in their lives. Salvation Army is like a refuge
for them to get back on their feet. They get jobs to help out the
community (ex., working the warehouse of the Salvation Army thrift
stores), they get rehab programs, complimentary alternative medical
care (from us!), along with room and board for a period of time to
help them through rehab.
I went through a two-week rotation already as a chiropractic
intern, however, it is a completely different experience as a
naturopathic intern. We help support the chiropractic treatment
plans along with addressing nutritional goals and nutrient
depletions, and we help encourage the patient to maintain an
alcohol and drug free lifestyle. I've only been there one day so
far, and I absolutely love it. It calls for early mornings with
tons of traffic for me, however, it is a great experience for the
patient and for me. It will be a long three weeks, but I know in
the end, I will be more grateful for the experience.
This weekend, I got the chance to meet up for coffee with Chet,
a college friend who was in town. It was awesome to catch up since
we haven't seen each other since my wedding, which was 2-1/2 years
My friend Chet and I
I also had the privilege to share in the celebration of two of
my colleagues as they celebrated opening their brand new
chiropractic clinics! In the picture below are Ryan and I with
David Kim, whom I graduated with, and Lesley Wong, who I worked
with heavily in SACA.
David Kim, Ryan, Lesley Wong, and myself
You might recognize the next picture, too! It's a past fellow
blogger, John Cress, who has just recently opened up his new clinic
in Arlington Heights!
John Cress and myself
It was such a joy to see all the success around me and made me
even more excited when Ryan and I got to bask in all that!
Have a good week everyone!
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!
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
My cousin Rosie and I at her Red
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!
It seems surreal that this time next year, I will NOT be
enrolled in school. It's exciting but scary at the same time. I
have applied for over 30 potential jobs over the course of the past
seven months and have been on about 10 interviews (phone and
in-person). I have yet to accept a job offer although I've been
offered positions, but after discussion with my husband, they are
not "suitable" for me.
Having lunch with Ryan's parents and celebrating their
33rd Wedding Anniversary!
It's a struggle. I know some alumni in amazing associateships.
Others have ventured out and set up their own practices. Others
have found themselves in unhappy and unpleasant associate
positions, and others are still searching. The big RED negative
number [student loan debt] you get when you go through your exit
counseling only freaks you out more…whoa! It puts a lot of things
in perspective for you…especially for me. My husband and I both saw
those big red numbers, and in about 9 weeks, I will see yet another
So, reality hits.
Living as a student seems difficult based on the "salary" we are
forced to be comfortable with since there really is no time to work
outside of school, ESPECIALLY if you are dual-enrolled like me. But
it almost seems easier to be a student living in the comfort of
classroom hours, working under clinicians, and getting a nice
"refund" check every trimester. I picked up my last refund check; I
am on the way out in my last weeks at NUHS; and the future is there
with open arms.
I really admire my husband for all the hard work he puts into
his associateship. He's very happy and being treated very well, but
he also works very hard! His days are long and packed with patients
while managing the entire clinic on his own. As I sit and think
about his experiences, it makes me nervous when I have those of my
own. Especially now, almost two doctorates later, I feel like I
have a lot more to prove than ever.
Just giving you a glimpse into the reality of it all. Choosing
the school you want to accomplish these degrees is the easy
part…getting through more than 14 trimesters is difficult but
do-able...the story after all that is the tough part!
Ryan and I visiting with one of my best friends from college
visiting from Ohio!
Thank goodness I have the support that I do! Seeing family and
friends from out-of-town always lifts my spirits and motivates me
to continue to seek a bright future for myself. The first step--the
degree(s). After that, it's really all in your hands and what you
make of it!
Congratulations to the Giants for winning the Super Bowl! It was
an exciting game, but to be honest, the half time show was the MOST
exciting with all the celebrity debuts! :)
The best part of Super Bowl has to be the food. My girl cousins
and I use this big football event as an excuse to just go crazy on
lots of food while all the "boys" go crazy over the actual game. It
was just a nice time to spend with family, have fun and memorable
conversations, and take a break from everything else going on in
My aunt with all the amazing food she made for her Super Bowl
This week is going to be tough. I have the NPLEX (Naturopathic
Physicians Licensing Exam) exams on Tuesday that are all day and
then resume back at clinic. It seems like the "fun" never seems to
end. If studying for board exams wasn't enough, I have a full
clinic schedule mixed in with preparation for my Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds is a presentation that we are required to do in
front of our colleagues and any faculty or staff interested in
topics we have researched. We are required to do one in
9th Tri and one in 10th Tri.
Last trimester, my presentation was on Botanicals during Pregnancy,
which turned out to be great. This time around, I've been so
focused on studying for board exams, that I still have to pick my
topic plus start all the grueling research!
People ask me all the time, "Aren't you ready to be done
already?!" I can't seem to answer that question fast enough! To all
my readers, YES, I AM READY! It has been a long but quick 5 years
that I've spent at NUHS getting my bachelor's, chiropractic and
soon my naturopathic degree. Some of the professors joke all the
time that I should just round everything out and do the AOM program
but I have to happily decline!
This journey (if you choose to take it) of dual-enrolled degrees
is not easy. It's not impossible either. But take time to enjoy a
Super Bowl here and there, treat your body well to stay as healthy
as possible--and always make time for your friends and family. I
can't say that enough!
Wish me luck on Tuesday! :)
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