Wednesday, June 27, 2012

First year done!!

We had our cumulative final this morning. I spent yesterday studying (with a two hour break around dinner time to see a friend and grab something to eat) and woke up around 6 this morning to go back over the most important things. I feel like I did well... for the most part the answer I was thinking of was one of the options I had to choose from, which I feel like is generally a good sign.

I still feel like laying down and having a good cry though. Just to purge some of the stress from the last week. Not that it has even been that horrifically bad... It always gets built up worse in my mind than it actually is. 

I called my husband on the way back to my car and gave him the report. He said congratulations and then dropped a bit of a bomb on me. Apparently the screening medical procedure my mom had done a few weeks ago had yielded a positive result and she'd gotten the results last week. And everyone in my family decided, what with everything else going on, that they wouldn't tell me until after my exams were over.

Which, while it shocked me, was probably the best course of action... especially considering that our Monday exam covered relevant material and crying makes studying harder. The good news is that as far as prognoses go, she has a really, really good one. Hearing medical news is a lot easier when you know what all the words mean and have a solid understanding of what is going on. And finding out about everything later meant that by today my sister already had a copy of the pathology report, and my mom and dad have had follow up appointments and a plan is already in place.


  1. So sorry to hear about your Mom. Congratulations on completing your first year! What a whirlwind few weeks you've had! I really enjoy your blog. I am planning to apply to PathA schools for the class entering 2014 and would love to chat with you in more detail about how to strengthen my application specifically for Duke (my #1 choice). Please email me at your convenience

    1. Hey Heidi, when I tried emailing that address came back as invalid... I wasn't sure if it was supposed to be

  2. Hello
    I too will be entering PA school in 2014 and would really love any advice about application and studying for the gre, etc. Duke is #1 on my list as well. I really love your blog it gives me inspiration. I am a non traditional student in my 40's so it is a long haul but I am so excited for the outcome.
    Please email me with any advice at I would appreciate it!