How Much Do You Love Your Profession?

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Finally, after a long anticipated year, the National Chiropractic Legislative Conference (NCLC) finally arrived! After being involved in the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) as an executive member for two consecutive years, it really pays off when what we've been working for becomes a reality. For those that are unaware of what NCLC is, it is a conference held in Washington D.C. that consists of anywhere from 500-1000 fellow chiropractic students from all over the nation coming together to lobby for our rights as chiropractors. 

Choosing this profession does not only bring joy but unfortunately some turmoil. There are very positive aspects to choosing this profession that are obvious and should be evident to you. However, the negative aspect is the level of respect that you will receive as a doctor of chiropractic out in the field from other medical physicians, insurance companies, society, and most importantly, the law. 

A group of us from National (this year we had only 17 people) joined students from other schools and basically took over the Capitol for a couple of days. We made appointments with different senators and congressmen to speak to them about the importance of chiropractic. We came in with about five-six issue briefs ranging from topics concerning military to the current National Health Reform. This was my second NCLC, and I cannot say that my nerves were calmer the second time. It is always a bit scary walking into the senator's big offices with anticipation of sounding idiotic since we were representing the profession as whole.

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This picture is with two other executive board members for the NUHS SACA chapter and General Becky Halstead, our biggest advocate for chiropractic. She was the first woman to graduate from West Point with that high of a ranking! She owes her life to chiropractic!

Overall, I would have to say that this year we had a solid group of people that truly cared about their profession; not only from a monetary value but from their heart, which spoke very loudly to all the senators and congressmen that we had the pleasure to meet. It was such an unbelievable experience and I am sad that it was my last one as a student, but I hope that I will have time to attend next year as a chiropractor. 

When students have been approached about the idea of going to NCLC, the general response has been, "How can ONE person change the law?" I always respond, "You have to see the BIGGER picture. This is a long term effect that people work for year after year." And January of 2010 this year, Michigan no longer is the state with the narrow scope. The scope from 30 years prior was OFFICIALLY restored and signed by the governor. That is amazing if you know anything about what Michigan has gone through the past 30 years! 

Now do you think ONE person really caused that change? I think not. I like to think I had some small part in that change, and to me that is amazing. So now when people ask me that question, I can say one word to sum it all up -"Michigan." It represents the sweat and tears that were shed by people like me who worked for that change and can say that we have successfully accomplished it. 

My tip of the week is simple and obvious but overlooked: LOVE YOUR PROFESSION.

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