Stealing this idea from a friend.
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1. During high school, I spent a year in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. New Zealand. I lived in Blenheim at the top of the South Island and travelled everywhere. Above is a picture from one of the many places I visited. It was the highlight of my teenage years, after proms and boyfriends!
2. I come from a big Catholic family. Translation, I like to rebel and suffer a lot of guilt afterward. Never went to Catholic school so no uniform to commemorate this aspect of my childhood..
3. When I was little, my mother was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). It was later determined that she just had a leukamoid reaction, in other words not cancer. Still, I clearly remember when she was hospitalized to determine the cause and had to have a bone marrow. Hospitals were much stricter then and my dad had to work. We didn’t make the visiting hours, so my dad took all five of us kids and we stood on the hill outside her window and told her how much we loved her. I recall the exact moment when we went to bring her home and the doctor came out and told us she would fine.
Being the pesky six-year old I was, I questioned him. “You sure?”
He replied. “Very sure. Little one.”
“How can you be sure?”
“Because I’m a doctor.” From that day forth, I knew I was going to be a doctor.
My dad does not remember this like I do. Maybe when my mother was sick this was my way of coping but I hope not. It is one of the defining moments of growing up for me.
4. I did, in fact, become a doctor and it remains one of the most exciting things in my life. I love taking care of people and hearing their stories. You have to trust your provider to take care of you and lead you in the right direction. Some days, I feel like I get along a lot better with my patients than with my family. Just some days though. I love my family. =P.
5. I went through medical school on a military scholarship and I have no idea how that came about. I mean, I have an idea. Filled out the paperwork myself and everything. Just, it still feels weird. Have you ever met someone and just known they were in the military. Something about the cut of their hair, their posture, their responses to your questions. That is not me. My dad laughed when he heard I wanted to go into the military. Of course later he took all the credit for my career path!
6. The military rocks. Yes, there are things about the military I didn’t like, but there were many more things that I did like. It presented me with opportunities I would have never had otherwise. It also gave me a community I could be proud of. The people who serve in the armed forces deserve our support. Especially today with the drama unfolding in the Ukraine.
7. My family is very arty. My mother specifically, loved to paint. She would spend hours putting brush to canvas. Her favorite artist was Bob Ross. she would spend hours watching him paint. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more monotone voice. Happy little trees. (for those that know who Bob Ross is, I bet you laughed!)
8. A little bit of everything is key. I used to push myself to try new things. For instance, I spent two semesters learning fencing cause, who doesn’t want to whip someone else with a thin pointy rod and the suits are cool. Bowling was an elective in college. I went skydiving once, just once was more than enough. It was much easier when I was in college and there were lots of people around trying new things like me, but I like to think each year I push myself a little to do something new. This year it is having the courage to take up writing again.
9. Journaling was my favorite past time as a teen, next to reading, up until the day my brother found my journal and life, as I knew it, was over.
10. WWE rocks. Yes weird, I know but I love old time wrestling. Not so much when my brother got into it too and made me be a referee for him and his friend Billy Chappo down the street. Plus, who didn’t love Hulk Hogan, The Big Show. Classic showmanship.
11. Wait I said ten facts. Whoo, its over.