From Army Medic to Radiologist

Hello All,

Initially, I set a fundraising goal for educational expenses. In lieu of fundraising for educational expenses, I am fundraising to start an online business that will support my family and I through the next 15 years of education. I hope to grow DocDesmond.com into a health resource that will create income and fund my educational expenses. I believe this is a better use of resources and your generosity, considering the cost of education.

Cost of EducationDissertationPer TermPer YearTotal Cost
Doctor of Chiropractic$9,875$29,625$135,090
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine$29,200$58,400$233,600
PhD in Health Care Human Resource Management$26,055$4,854$19,416$94,003
MS in Health Care Human Resource Management$2,920$11,680$17,520
BS in Health Care Leadership & HR Management$2,850$11,400$45,600
Totals$525,813
Cost of Education only includes tuition and fees. It does not include books, room & board, transportation, board exams, or residencies.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 was a day that changed a great deal for my family and I. It was the day that we had to close up shop on my job because of the COVID-19 outbreak. I was a little upset, but I wasn’t too worried, at first. I figured we would spend a few weeks at home, then things would get back to normal. How wrong was I!?! I was working as a Fitness Director for one of the smaller, but successful fitness companies in the US. I had taken over the position in September of 2019. We went through a few months of rebuilding. However, March was about to be our breakout month. I had a really good team of trainers that were highly motivated and good at what they did. And I was on track to make the most money that I have ever made in a single month. It felt really good, because this was the first good paying job that I had since leaving active duty. Our doors stayed closed for about two months.

1% to my fundraising goal

When we re-opened things were not the same. We fought to maintain memberships and personal training clients. Still, people were cancelling by the droves. Needless to say, our household income took a huge hit. The fitness industry would take some time to recover. So, my wife and I saw it as an opportunity for me to continue my education. The decision would not improve our financial situation, but it would increase my knowledge and skill as an exercise professional. We packed up and moved, so that I could get back into Chiropractic school.

I have been enrolled in the Doctor of Chiropractic program at Life University since October of 2020. I plan to also complete a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program and PhD in Health Care Human Resource Management, en route to becoming a Musculoskeletal Radiologist, then Health Care CEO. I took this quarter off, so I could be available for our youngest son. He started Kindergarten this year! However, I am using this time to start an online business to help us financially and fund the next 15 years of education.

My wife has been supporting us for the most part. I was receiving a housing allowance from the Post 9/11 GI Bill, but I have used up all of those benefits. Now, it’s just financial aid, which is not enough to keep the household going.

I am seeking help to cover the cost of running the business for the next 12 months. The funds that I am asking for will help me to market my online business. I would do it the old-fashion way by pounding the pavement. I just don’t have a great deal of time with school. Below is an itemized list of the expenses that will be covered with your help.

Annual Expenses for eCommerceDailyMonthlyAnnual
Upgrade website from a Personal to an eCommerce site$1.48$45$540
Marketing (Facebook & Google – $3,650 each)$20$608.33$7,300
P.O. Box Rental$0.82$25$300
Sales & Email Marketing Software$1.64$50$600
Product Campaigns$3.45$105$1,260
Totals$27.39$833.33$10,000
Annual Expenses for Recruiting, Staffing, & TrainingDailyMonthlyAnnual
Marketing (YouTube)$10$304.17$3,650
CRM Software$11.51$350$4,200
Educational Platform$3.25$99$1,188
Totals$24.76$753.17$9,038

Every $1 counts & is much appreciated,

How to Read the Bible

Good Morning,

Reading the Bible from cover to cover was one of the most rewarding experiences of my Christian life. If you are seeking a greater understanding of God’s word, I encourage you to commit to doing the same. Many people read the Bible regularly; however, they skip around. For me that caused a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding. I felt that I understood what I read. Still, that approach to reading did not allow me to link concept and stories together very well.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will reject you from serving as My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your sons.

Hosea 4:6

The Bible is a narrative of the world, from God’s creation of the world and man, to the fall of man, and God’s redemptive plan through Jesus. It is extremely difficult to see this Genesis to Revelation storyline unless you read the Bible from the beginning to the end. Trust me when I say this is a beautiful story of how much God loves us. You will wonder, you will cry, and you will be moved to action. You will also see the world in a brand new light…as God intended for it to be seen.

Jesus Christ is the central them of the Bible. The Bible is a collection of 66 books, written by 40 authors, and covers approximately 1600 years. Most of the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, but a few passages were in Aramaic. The New Testament was written in Greek. The Bible that we read today is translated from these languages. It is important to keep in mind that language is influenced by culture, time period, and social setting. The most accurate understanding of the Word is revealed through an understanding of these elements; therefore, literal translations are not always the most accurate. However, we do know that the word “Testament” means covenant or agreement.

The Bible has several covenants. It is important to understand the transitions from one agreement to the next. The Old Testament is the Covenant between God and man regarding our relationship before the coming of Christ. The New Testament is the Covenant between God and man regarding our relationship after the coming of Christ.

Jesus left us with the ministry of reconciliation. I seek to do my part in that ministry, through this blog. As you read each post, by inspiration and guidance from the Holy Spirit, I will help you learn the major themes of all the books, the key verses, the central messages, and what God is saying.

We will study the Bible from beginning to end. We will analyze each book, relating the Old Testament to the New, and each Book to another. We will learn the most significant chapters in each Book, where to find the central purpose, and which verses are the most important to know and remember.

After the first year of study, I hope that you find Christ in this presentation of the Scriptures. I hope that you will have a better understanding of God’s word and how you fit into God’s plan for the world. I hope that you have a greater understanding of your individual gifts and talents. I also hope that you join in the Great Commission and the Ministry of Reconciliation.

God bless,

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