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Family, Cancelled Flights (and Classes) & Finals! Oh my!

Surprising my family for Thanksgiving was amazing! My parents were SUPER surprised, as were my nieces and nephew. I didn’t realize how much I needed some family time until I was there and able to enjoy it for a couple days. While I did get a lot of studying done while I was home, I was able to relax and visit quite a bit as well. I bought my nieces and nephew a couple games to play (that are a little noisy, so I knew their parents would never purchase them). I bought Hungry Hippo and Operation. We had a blast playing the two games!

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Dec 7, 2018 8:01:00 AM
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Super Thankful!

Thanksgiving was this week, so I thought I would make a traditional post about some of the things I am thankful for. Consider yourself warned, some of this will be super cliché. 

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Nov 23, 2018 8:00:00 AM
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Goodbyes, Exams, and New Toys!

School is hard. Each trimester is 15 weeks, and unfortunately, life outside of school doesn’t actually stop, even if it sometimes feels like it does while we are fully focused on school for 15 weeks at a time. 

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Nov 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM
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Naturopathic Medicine Week Victory, White Coat Ceremony & Midterms

These last couple of weeks have been super fun, super stressful, but all around awesome! A couple weeks ago, we had Naturopathic Medicine Week. Our school competed hard, under the leadership of our chapter president Janice, who organized what seemed like a thousand events to help our school earn points in the national competition where we competed against the other schools.

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Oct 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM
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CAM Day and Naturopathic Medicine Week!

I have so much to blog about! It has been a crazy couple weeks of midterms (with what seems like no end in sight). But, in between some of the craziness, there have been some exciting events taking place on campus!

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Oct 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM
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Important Study Reminder: Always Remember to Take Time for Yourself

I am going to take this time to remind myself, along with everyone else who needs it, of the best study advice I have ever received: Take time for yourself! 

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Sep 28, 2018 8:00:00 AM
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What is Naturopathic Medicine?

I can’t even count the number of times I have been asked, “What is Naturopathic Medicine?” 

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Sep 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM
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Hello, National University!

My name is Belinda, but I prefer to go by Lindy. I am entering my third trimester as a Naturopathic Medical student at National University of Health Sciences. I’m originally from Maryland and will always consider it to be my home. 

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Sep 7, 2018 5:10:00 PM
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Goodbye!

This is my last blog post before I graduate in a few days! The past 4-1/2 years have been challenging, rewarding, and full of personal growth. I want to share my plans that have been brewing the past few months.

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Aug 17, 2018 8:15:00 AM
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Busy, Busy

I am crazy busy getting ready for the next step!  I thought that by this point things would have settled down, but there are so many plans that are in progress that all require a lot of work. Here's a quick overview of what I've been doing, and what still needs to be done to prepare for life after graduation.

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I was in California and got back last week Wednesday. Seeing other NDs in practice helps me sort out how I do, and do not want my future practice to look. One of the most valuable things I took away from observing experienced docs is how they break down complicated medicine into simple analogies that patients can grasp. "Doctor as Teacher" is one of the naturopathic tenets, and the doctors that I observed truly embodied this.

Last week Wednesday night I returned from California. Thursday and Friday I was back the NUHS Whole Health Center. After clinic on Friday, and also on Saturday, I was in Milwaukee to look for apartments. There were two great options that were close to where I'll be working (details on that to come next blog post), but by the time we made our decision, both had already been taken. Therefore, I'll have to find time to go back again soon, because graduation is on August 17th and we have to be out of our campus apartment on the 19th! Moving will be a huge process with having to sort through 4+ years of class notes, books, and stuff we've accumulated.

On Sunday we celebrated our daughter Jade's first birthday. It's amazing to think that a whole year has passed already! Coordinating all of that in the midst of everything else during the past few weeks was crazy, but it all came together at the end. We had her party at a park and it was a lot of fun.  

This week, in addition to my regular clinic shift I am doing my second week at the Chicago Salvation Army clinic. To complete my graduation requirements, I need to do two more orthopedic exams. I'm sure there will be the opportunity to do so here this week.  

One thing that has been very lacking is self-care. I hope to be able to be treated as a patient and get some constitutional hydrotherapy sessions now through graduation to help rebuild and restore my body from all the stress, and to also get more sleep.

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Aug 3, 2018 12:56:09 PM
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