Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Live It

That moment when you realize that you're capable of everything you ever dreamed and more?  Yes, that moment.  Live it.  Be it.

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Cycle of Life

The wind is finally rustling the leaves.  It is Spring.  Life has returned to our barren city.

A day that was so beautiful for us turned so ugly for a cyclist doing what he loved.  A day that started out like any other day ...

I am reminded of the day when my friend and teammate Beth Kobeszka was lost back in June 2007 doing what she loved, racing her bike.  I will never forget that day.  And I will never forget Beth.  Her spirit lives with me.

Love what you do and do what you love.

Spring 2007

Monday, April 11, 2011

April

Keeping a blog is a real pain in the ass sometimes.  I'm not very good at it, I've never been good about writing about myself and/or thoughts, and it takes me way longer to write 3 paragraphs than it should.  I think my only dedicated readers are Josh, my mom and me when I google myself.

I have a few semi-important life updates:

1. I got a fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston) for 2012-13 in Breast Pathology.  This probably only means something to <0.0005% of the general population so I'll summarize the importance of this ... it's a big deal.  I'm really really happy that I will be able to work with, and learn from, some of the best physicians in my field.  It will be a truly wonderful year.   This also means we have to pack ourselves up and hike out to Boston for a year.  And then after that ... who knows?  It's really crazy to think that this long journey that started way back in 2000 when I graduated from college is almost over.  11 years is a long time.   To put it in some perspective, and potentially depress me, a lot of the people I race with were lucky if they were teenagers 11 years ago.   ... okay, next.

2. Well, I can't really share topic #2 yet.  It's really exciting and I'll definitely update when I can.  Suspense.  For the 0-2 people who read my blog, suspense is a good thing.  You pay money to watch a suspenseful movie for 2 hours and I'm giving it to you for free.  Enjoy!

3. The ERV track racing season is right around the corner, just about a month away!  It will be a great season and I'm really excited to get back out there again. 

And that my friends, sums up my life.  Pathology and track racing.  I've learned a lot over these past 10 or so years, one of the most important things being to chase what you love.  Determination and hard work will pay off in the end. 

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Spring ... almost

Well, we've reached that time of year when it feels like Spring should be right around the corner.  Key word, should.  We all are getting antsy after spending months inside going nowhere and watching endless hours of crappy, mind numbing programming.

Every year, someone ups the competition level and I'm hoping that someone is me this year.  I have big dreams and I'm going to work as hard as I can to reach them.   Positive thoughts and hard work are what will carry me through the final months of winter.   You never know unless you try, right?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Mid-November

What is holding you back? 

One step at a time.  One minute at a time. 

Do not cheat yourself.

Go for it.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

November

I like it when people underestimate me.  It makes triumph so much sweeter.  

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Thoughts

We all go through our day taking so many things for granted.   Almost too many things to list.  Only when faced with losing one of those things do we realize how important it is to us. 

In Pathology we are generally pretty disconnected from our patients.  Our patients are little glass slides with pink and purple stained tissue on them.   We can see hundreds of them a day, frequently spending less than 5 minutes/case.  It's easy to forget that tied to all those little pieces of tissue is a person.  A person who's most likely scared and anxious, awaiting our diagnosis so they can go on with their life.

I'm rotating through Hematopathology right now.   In med school one of the hardest rotations for me was Hematology/Oncology.  What was hard for me was dealing with the dismal prognoses that so many of those patients faced.   And I'm finding the same difficulty in Hemepath even though I have never met any of our patients.   One of the women that works in our department and sees the patients regularly always says that the cancer patients are the nicest people out there.  

Why must we wait until we're about to lose something to realize how important it is to us?  Why must we find fault with such mundane things that we cannot see the beauty of life around us?
Death stirs up all sorts of grief - the reminder that life is too short. The reminder that loving someone is such a risk and absolutely worth it. And that you should be enjoying every single little waking moment of it.
A quote from Jen Triplett, a remarkable woman whom I look up to for so many reasons.