Hi there, I’m Theresa!
I’m a wife, mother of 3, and teacher at heart.
I’m writing to help create #strongmedicalfamilies. And this is my mission: Help families go through the medical journey easier, wealthier, and happier.
- “Easier” goes through organization, productivity, and useful tools.
- “Wealthier” is for student loan management, insurance, tips for dual career couples, and retirement.
- “Happier” is about family and communities.
If you are a woman and have ever been told, “It’s nice you’re married to a doctor.” I write for you. It is nice, but not for the reasons one would think.
As a doc wife, you:
- Are in charge of everything
- Have a DrSpouse who works “80” hours a week
- Are a solo parent who is wearing many hats and juggling many balls
It’s a lot to manage. And you need help to go through this!
The story of our medical journey
One fateful summer day in 2006, my husband and I met and fell silly in love while in undergrad. Like everybody in our class, we graduated and entered the corporate world together. We had two tech salaries and felt like we finally made it. In 2008, the great recession hit and there was a financial crisis. Thousands were laid off, including him. That experience really changed him. Weeks after, he said to me:
“I’m thinking of going to med school.”
Since that moment, the guy who I loved — who hadn’t even taken a biology class yet — became pre-med. (Although the blog is called DocWife.com and I am a doc wife, I did not marry one…I feel like I made one!)
We got married at the beginning of medical school in 2011 and had three kids during training. The first came during medical school, second during internal medicine residency, and third during research fellowship. Fast forward to today, 2018, and he is working as a hospitalist and eventually (hopefully) a GI doc.
Family is everything
During this whole time during the medical journey, we navigated many major events in life:
- Applying to medical school.
- Finding a job that would be remote so I can support our family.
- Buying a house.
- Buying a new car because my husband totalled his due to ice.
- Having three beautiful kids — one in medical school, one in residency, one in fellowship.
- Matching into his internal medicine specialty and moving to be where would train.
- Managing and repaying his student loans.
- Negotiating his employment contract.
I bet you are going through similar events in your life, too. You could use a friend to go through the medical journey!
Where to go from here?
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