Déjà vu

A little over five years ago during DrH’s fourth year of medical school and a few months before we were getting married, he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. To briefly recap, he was diagnosed with metastatic thyroid cancer. Metastatic, meaning spread outside of the thyroid gland to surrounding lymph nodes. More specifically, he was diagnosed with papillary…

Two Under Two

Ever since announcing that I was pregnant with our second son the questions have been coming from all directions — “Was this planned?”, “Did you want to have children this close together?”, “How are you going to do that with DrH working so much?”, “How many children do you want to have?” To answer the,…

Where have you been?

It has been over a year since I found the time to sit down and share some thoughts with the world- reasons being… I now have two children under the age of two, ohh and DrH is working ALL. THE. TIME. However, the later part of that statement isn’t exactly new news for the community…

Parenthood in Residency: The Beginning

“Ok, Briana, I think you might want to call your husband and get him up here, it is about time to start pushing!” You are probably wondering: Why would she need to call her husband if she was that far along in labor, shouldn’t he already be with her? Well, yes, that would be the…

PGY 3: What It Was Really Like

Now that we have made it to the other side of DrH’s PGY3 year I’d like to take a minute to be honest about it: IT. WAS. ROUGH. The third year of DrH’s program is known as the year of nights. They spend half of the year working nights and the other half on trauma…

Miss Independent

Many times throughout this medical journey Kelly Clarkson’s lyrics “Miss independent; Miss self-sufficient” have rang through my head. Sometimes more as an anthem to keep myself strong and other times as a “hell yes!” pat on my back for getting through something challenging entirely on my own. The one piece of advice that I was offered at the…

Intern Year: We Survived and Thrived

Originally published on Physician Family When asked to reflect on intern year, I wasn’t quite sure what to say because it has gone by so fast. Briana doesn’t have something to say? Ha! Those who know me personally are probably laughing out loud! My husband began his neurosurgery residency in July 2014 and as of July…

AMA Alliance Fireside Chat

When my husband was in medical school I didn’t have anyone to talk to about the world of medicine. Of course my husband was happy to talk to me about it, but he didn’t have all the information that I was looking for and I didn’t expect him to. I did my best to research through good…

New Year, New Start

I realize that it has been quite some time since I have updated the blog world. The truth is that I was focusing any spare time I had on finding myself a new position closer to or in Baltimore. As you know, once DrH matched in Baltimore, we were thrilled that we didn’t have to move…

First Married Christmas

Within your first year of marriage the average couple is excited to celebrate a lot of “firsts” together. Like every other newlywed girl in the world, I was excited to spend our first married Christmas together and start our own traditions. This was rather naive of me, knowing that I am married to a neurosurgery resident and the…