Friday, June 7, 2013


Yesterday I found out that I passed my national certification exam. That's it, I'm a PA-C!

When I get all retrospective, it's interesting to think about the journey that got me here. The conversations and experiences that shaped my goals and allowed me to reach them, step by step by step. I'm really happy that I had the opportunity to do this. It was right for me. I'm really excited to be a PA and really grateful for the knowledge I have and will continue to gain which will allow me to bless others. 

I told Burke I couldn't have done it without his support, and he looked at my skeptically. But his support and strength were a tremendous blessing. The many decisions we made together surrounding PA school were difficult. We decided to move specifically for my school, which left him working from home in our dingy apartment for almost 2 years! {Some people don't mind working from home full time but I can tell you that Burke will never go back.} He helped me in a million and one ways and I am so grateful for the million and one things this experience taught us in our marriage.

I will miss my friends lots, but in case you need medical advice I will have some stellar PA contacts all over the country.

My family too, have been so supportive, and it made a huge difference for me. It mattered, more than I could have imagined. 

My parents, especially. They have been the biggest influence on me getting to this point. I always knew how important it was to both of them that I gain a good education and prepare myself for the unknown future. When I decided that the best way for me to do this was to become a PA, they were 100% supportive. I often wished I could have come up with something that didn't require grad school, but this is what fit me. I am so grateful for their wisdom and guidance, and their love. It makes me so happy to make them proud in whatever way I can.

And with that, we say Ciao, Norfolk. I don't know if I'll be back. But it's been real.

[And to myself I say, quit wasting time and get a job already!]

Ghost of Christmas future, anyone?