Sunday, April 15, 2012

AZPOD Class of 2012

This guy is . . . AMAZING!

Nathan is graduating next month from Midwestern University with a Doctorate Degree in Podiatric Medicine!  We are so proud of our Daddy, who has worked tirelessly to not only be an amazing student, but an amazing husband, father, and friend.  Some of Nathan's achievements:

* Created a website for his classmates to share study resources
* Created a website for H.O.M.E scheduling while acting as the H.O.M.E coordinator for his class
* Created the website for a Podiatric group
* Awarded 4 scholarships
* Participated in, and wrote a research article, "Posterior Post-Operative Heel Pain Caused by Multiple Etiologies Including a Neuroma in continuity of the Posterior Branch of the Sural Nerve: Case Report"
(It's ok, I stop reading that title after Heel Pain too)
* Submitted above article for publication (going through final edits)
* Nominated and accepted a Student/Resident Representative position on the board of directors for the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons (AENS)
* Voted by his classmates to be the Student Speaker for their Graduation Banquet
(he has no idea why anyone would want to hear from him so I think he's nervous - hehe)
* Ran his own business creating lots of websites for various people to support our family
(working and going to med school isn't always easy)

All in all, he's been one busy man while also trying to study for his exams, boards, etc.  He may not have the best grades in his class, but he put in a solid effort and has been nothing short of amazing.  And, may I add - he did it all while enduring some particularly challenging times . . . 

* Finding out his wife's adoption wasn't finalized (26 years later) and her citizenship was being questioned
* Meeting with lawyers and immigration people to keep his wife from being deported
* The bleeding of his wife during the pregnancy of his 2nd child and being told there was a 60-80% chance of losing the baby (she survived and is our awesomely crazy child)
* The hemorrhaging of his wife during the birth of his 3rd child, and almost losing her to massive blood loss
* The somewhat emergency surgery of his wife to repair an umbilical hernia that was causing other (gross and horrible) issues

So - the moral of this story is: Nathan is amazing!  He never complained about all the trouble I was putting him through while he was trying with all his might to survive med school.  He never once made me feel like I was a burden.  He never once put school before his family, even though sometimes his exam scores suffered because of it.  Nathan's 2nd year of med school was probably the hardest of his life, and most challenging of his entire educational endeavors.  It was academically and personally challenging.  But, he has done so well and is graduating!!!  The Lord has blessed us with an amazing opportunity to go to medical school, and has stood by us the entire way.

And Lastly . . . DRUM-ROLL please . . . .

We're MOVING to IOWA!!!  Nathan was offered a position with his #1 ranked program in Waterloo, IA!  He will be working with the Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group, or Covenant Medical Center.  This program is busy, busy, busy.  Most residents complete their surgical requirements by the first or second month of their 2nd year.  He will be on call for 2 weeks almost every month.  He will be participating in research and journal clubs.  And, he will be just as amazing through residency as he was through med school!  I love my hubby, and we love our Daddy!!

(p.s: If you want to buy a house in AZ, we have one available.  Or, if you want to rent, we're cool with that too.  Just give us a ring, and we'll hook you up with our lovely home!  Available Mid-June, or whenever you wanna move in.)

We're sad to say goodbye to Arizona.  We've made some awesome life-long friends here and we're sad to leave them.  Most of them are in our ward, or live within two blocks from us.  So sad.  Pool Party at the Bangart's before we leave though!!  And, Nathan had a pretty awesome class.  Seriously, they are all amazing.  Most of them I don't see hardly at all, some I don't even know.  But, I know what I heard at the conference Nathan went to in November, and that was that Nathan and his classmates were pretty awesome!  Except that Scott Robertson.  He's just weird!  Hahaha - we love you Scottie!  And I guess you're pretty awesome too (even though you are moving Jillian farther away from me . . .)

Congrats Nathan!
Life is Good


  1. I just realized Nate's gonna kill me for bragging about him. But, he won't do it so someone has to fill in the gaps :) He's also gonna say I make him sound better than he is. So, just to squash that perfect vision - he does fart on me sometimes, and farts in bed and then covers me up with the sheets without letting me go. YUCK!

  2. Lol! I know. That Scott Robertson... What a kook! Ha ha! Just kiddin'. The last 4 years have definitely been crazy, but we are glad to have met you. You guys are awesome. We will have to all go together on one of those CE cruises. The wives can hang out while the guys go to their classes. :)

  3. You may be moving farther away from Scott and Jillian, BUT YOU ARE MOVING CLOSER TO ME!!! Seriously, let's go aheand and make plans to hang out!!! Chicago seems like a great mid-way point! Four or five hours is not too far to drive to hang out! : )

  4. Yes Pam, we WILL plan a visit . . . as soon as I get my house SOLD or RENTED!!! We'll have to go tour Chicago :)