In 2010, my husband asked me to be his wife. Those “I do’s” brought us through an amazing adventure.

There were many different seasons in our lives:

Some of them super hard and overwhelming, like the one when when my husband’s dad suddenly passed away during intern year. Or when I gave birth 10 days after we moved into a new house for first fellowship.

Others were easier, like our first year of marriage in medical school when it was just the two of us, we had a lot of free time, and we lived near family.

Throughout all of this, I’ve learned to love the motto:

“Love your season.”

If you are still in training, hang in there because these are the days you will fondly remember. I know the day-to-day operations is so hard when time and money is tight. But becoming an attending is just another beginning of a new chapter with different problems.

Trust me: The joy is in the journey wherever you are now. You are living it. #itsgoodnow

Speaking of seasons, we are beginning a new season right now. And I am happy to say this:

Here we come, GI!!!

My husband just matched into a GI fellowship!

We are going back to the training life for another 3 years, but it’s much easier now that we had one year of a break. It’s like we took a deep breath before diving back in again.

Summary Of Our Medical Journey (So Far)

  • In 2014, my husband graduated medical school.
  • He did internal medicine residency from 2014-2018. While in his final year of residency, instead of becoming a hospitalist he decided he wanted to further specialize in GI.
  • From 2017-2018, he completed a Clinical Nutrition Fellowship so he could do GI research to help him match into a GI Fellowship.
  • While waiting for Match Day to roll around, he worked as a hospitalist. (I’m not complaining, a six-figure income really helped.)

We Have Been To Many Places

Two houses, 4 years of training, 1 year as a hospitalist, 3 energetic kids (and 10 cell phone upgrades later), here we are.

Now we have to say “goodbye for now” to the COMMUNITY we have found in Cleveland.

Saying “goodbye” to people for me is the hardest part for me in the medical life. I hate hate hate it šŸ˜«

But we are so much better for having had these relationships in our lives than not at all had we never lived here at all.

Thank you, Cleveland, for giving us a world-class training experience and lifelong friendships.

My Too Favorites List In Cleveland

Indoor favorite places in Cleveland with kids:

  1. Cleveland Botanical Garden
  2. Cleveland Children’s Museum
  3. Great Lakes Science Center
  4. Cleveland Art Museum (it’s FREE!)
  5. Play Day Cafe (in Solon)
  6. Little Explorers (inside Great Northern Mall)

Outdoor favorite places in Cleveland with kids:

  1. Penitential Glen
  2. Lake Farmpark
  3. Preston’s HOPE Playground
  4. Edgewater Beach
  5. Acachia Reservation

Restaurants:

  1. Melt
  2. Barrio’s
  3. Superior Pho
  4. Luna Cafe
  5. Cork & Lennys Jewish Deli
  6. Mitchell’s Ice Cream
  7. Jeni’s Ice Cream (in Chagrin Falls)