Monday, January 30, 2012

Serendipity?

I have had many serendipitous moments in my adult life, a few of which have changed my life paths both personally and professionally.

As an ongoing weekend chore, I have been cleaning out boxes of family items left from my dad before his death and from my mom, since she lives in a nursing home. Some of these boxes contained items that I have donated to Goodwill, while others are a treasure trove of wonderful family history.

One of the most fascinating family items I have come across relate to my great, great Aunt Rebecca. Interestingly, she was the first female medical doctor to graduate in Indiana -- from the Medical College of Indiana (now the IU School of Medicine). She was also the first female physician to practice in the Philipines. She actually became a missionary doctor and started the Mary Johnston Hospital in Tonda Manila in the early 1900s.

Fast forward to a few years ago. Mary Johnston Hospital celebrated their centennial anniversary, and commissioned a postal stamp with both my Aunt Rebecca's photo and a photo of the hospital. The Philipine postal service approved it as an official postal stamp. I was stunned to come across this!

I often wonder if the love of my work in healthcare is serendipity, a special thread that has been woven through our family genes or a little bit of both.

Monday, January 23, 2012

2011 Better Late Than Never

I cannot believe I have been so remiss in posting to my blog. I hope to not do this again, however, I don't do New Year's Resolutions because I find that I break them.

2011 was just a very crazy year. It was a year filled with great beginnings as well as one filled with sad memories.

My happiest moment was walking into NYC's Lincoln Center in a cap and gown for my Master's graduation from PACE University -- with my closest friends sitting in the wings. Finally, after 3 1/2 years, I actually did it!

My saddest moment came to light when I realized that my dad was not alive to share this with me, and my mom was not well enough to make the trip. But, that is ok.

Life has thrown me some incredible curve balls in the last two years. It seems that every time I would catch one, another was thrown. And so it continues. I guess you just keep on "catching" as they come.

I hope that with the knowledge I have gained from my parent's illnesses that I can somehow pay it forward. I am surrounded by a small niche of incredible friends and some awesome physicians who have helped me navigate the very uncertain waters of parental caregiving.