This is my paternal grandmother, Doris Lene Desmond.
She was the type of lady that would give her grandkids everything that she owned. She lived in the same house for my entire life. And despite never having much, she always promised to give us more once she got more.
My grandmother was hospitalized while I was doing job training for the Army. She had been sick and did not tell anyone in the family. Within a couple of weeks after being hospitalized, she died from colon cancer. I made it home from training a few days before she passed, but was not able to see her before hand. However, I made a promise to her. She never heard that promise. Unspoken Promise is my way of fulling that promise.
My Grandmother was Hilarious. I had NO idea how funny my grandmother was until I graduated high school. I was suppose to visit my dad for a month during the summer after I graduated, but that never happened. Instead, I stayed with my grandmother for that month. I have never laughed so hard in my life. Every night that month, my older brother and I stayed up until well after midnight talking to her. She told us tons of stories about family. We were looking through old pictures one night, and I found out that my great grandfather was from Ireland. I never knew!
I said, “Grandma, who is this little, old white man?”
She said, “that’s your great granddaddy boy” and proceeded to let out this whale of a laugh. I can still hear her laughter today. I miss it.
The gems that we get from previous generations are priceless. Dot, as my grandmother was affectionately known, was the last of my grandparents. And here passing marked the end of a generation for my family. However, there legacy continues to live on through us, their ancestry. My grandmother was a giver. She always promised to give us more, as she received more. She never amassed the physical things that she wanted. I know that bothered her. Still, she gave us a tremendous amount of love, laughter, and guidance in her 86 years of life. Creating a health care system that nurtures the living and strives for abundance through sport is my way of honoring my grandparents and keeping their memory.
My paternal grandmother’s passing is the reason that I cannot give up on my dream to become a physician. Becoming a physician has been a goal of mine for a very long time. However, I doubted my ability to make it for a long time. Goals are accomplished through planning. This timeline is my plan to achieve my goal of becoming a doctor.
2002 to 2006
Enlisted into the US Army, with plans of becoming a Physical Therapist. Shipped out to Fort Jackson, SC for Basic Training. From August to December of 2002, I completed Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Sam Houston, TX to become a Health Care Specialist a.k.a. Combat Medic. After AIT, I was stationed at Fort Bliss, TX. Put my medic skills to the test quickly, as I arrived in El Paso in January of 2003 and left for my first deployment in March of 2003. Began searching for answers on how to solve the pain problems that soldiers were facing, during this first enlistment.
2006 to 2009
Briefly served in the Army National Guard, while working full time as a personal trainer. Decided to go back on active duty. I was sent back to Fort Bliss, TX and soon left for my second deployment. This deployment was good for me. We treated tons of injuries, and I had the privilege of learning from some of the best ER doctors and nurses. After the deployment, I was seen by a Physiatrist for a shoulder injury that I sustained. I had never heard of Physiatry, but the introduction reenforced my desire to become a physician.
Enrolled in the Prerequisite Program at the National University of Health Sciences to complete science prerequisites for professional study. The goal was to complete the Naturopathic Medicine program at NUHS. Became acquainted with Chiropractic Medicine. After being seen in the student clinic, by a Chiropractic Radiologist, I was sold on the Chiropractic profession. It seemed like a perfect route to achieving my desire to perform physical therapy and cure chronic disease. However, I left school due to an illness that required surgery.
2010 to 2018
Worked in various administrative roles with the Veterans Health Administration, United States Army Reserves, and Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, but the desire to become a physician never faded. In fact, these roles strengthened the desire. They also gave me a desire to work in hospital administration. Categorized as the soul searching phase of my career.
2018 to 2020
Began working at 24 Hour Fitness as a Sales Advisor, but was promoted to Fitness Manager within five months. My knowledge of and love for the relationship between health and fitness helped me thrive in my role as a Sales Advisor.