Congratulations to our Bride Alecia as She Receives her MD

27  Miracles is very proud of Alecia Blake as she receives her second degree in Medicine as an MD.  We are proud of you Alecia.

Enjoy the testimony followed by her pictures:

People often ask me if my experience as a cancer patient influenced my decision to become a physician. The truth is that I have wanted to be a physician since childhood, long before I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease at age 17.  My parents noticed my love of science at an early age and wanted to nurture it.  They purchased a science kit for me and I spent hours looking at specimens under the microscope.  I realized that a career in medicine was the perfect way to combine my love of science and my desire to be of service to humanity.

After college, my dream of becoming a physician took an important step when I was accepted to Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM).  I was overjoyed to matriculate at MSM because I believed in the school’s mission to serve the poor and underserved.  When it finally came time to choose a specialty, I had a hard time choosing one. I had done well on all of my clinical rotations, but I just didn’t feel that I had found the right specialty for me.  I remember talking about this with an intern and he suggested that I look into the field of anesthesiology.  I took his advice and I found the art of anesthesiology fascinating.  Again, my goal was realized when I was accepted to the anesthesia residency program at Duke University Hospital.  But, first I had to complete an internship at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan.

Half way through my transitional year internship at Hurley, my cancer returned.  I underwent chemotherapy and managed to finish the program.  I was very excited to get started at Duke.  Unfortunately, the stresses of residency so soon after receiving chemotherapy resulted a case of pneumonia that interrupted my residency training.  After recovering at home for four months, I accepted a position as Allied Health Director and Medical Assisting Instructor at Miller-Motte Technical College in Raleigh.  I then moved on to another teaching opportunity at the Medical Careers Institute at ECPI College of Technology, in Raleigh, were I remained for three years.

Teaching turned out to be an important and rewarding experience, but after having a bone marrow transplant to treat the third recurrence of my cancer in December 2008, I desired to return to residency to complete my medical training.  I chose to enter the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program at MSM because it allowed me the opportunity to: 1) serve the underserved, 2) have an impact on healthcare by reducing healthcare disparities, 3) earn my Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Promotion/ Health Education, and 4) to focus on cancer prevention and control as the American Cancer Society fellow in the program.

As the end of my residency training draws near, I am making the transition to pursue a career in academic medicine. Specifically, I envision a career in cancer prevention and control in which my time spent primarily developing a program of research that translates what is known about the prevention of various cancer sites to communities disproportionately affected by cancer and its co-morbid conditions.  The nexus in the effort to reduce disparities and promote health equity can be found in evidence based approaches central to the effective practice of preventive medicine.  I am also interested in training medical and public health students interested in careers in cancer control and prevention.  Ultimately I intend to either direct a lab or be part of a lab that is actively engaged in translational research, training and community engagement.

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Congratulations to Alecia and Pablo

27 Miracles wants to wish Alecia and Pablo all the best on their upcoming wedding 9/5/11.  A year-long of planning has flown by. Alecia and Pablo wanted to share their story of how they met.

We were neighbors…

One Thursday night in late April 2010, I was returning from a date. There weren’t any parking spaces close to my unit.  So I parked my car in front of the adjacent building.  Pablo and his roommates were having a party that was spilling out into the parking lot, with music blasting.  Surprised that there was so much commotion on a Thursday night, I walked over to the crowd and asked why I hadn’t been invited.  Out of nowhere, Pablo appeared.  He apologized for the loud music and invited me in.  I politely declined to enter the apartment with three strange men, although I thought he was cute.  After exchanging pleasantries, I proceeded to my apartment to turn in for the night.  A week later, we met up again in the parking lot as I was returning from the hair salon.  I said hello, and asked him to tell me his name again.  He asked me what kind of hair weave I was wearing and complemented my style ( see the pic of my homemade wig that I was wearing that day).  I asked him how he knew about hair weaves (being that he is a caucasian/hispanic male).  He informed me that he became familiar with weaves in his dealings with previous girlfriends over the years.  This made me feel that I had a chance with him.  I invited him in to finish the conversation.  I cooked shrimp & grits for him the next night with a Caesar salad ….  and he never left.  I later named that recipe “Dr. Blake’s get-your-man shrimp & grits” when I realized that the old adage “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” is really true.   Three months later he proposed in the car as we were heading home from a long night.

And the rest is history…

This is a most interesting story….Congratulations and stay tuned for more on this happy couple…

27 Miracles Writes about Bridezillas

A short time ago I  was reading some articles about Bridezillas after one of her own brides apologized for calling and emailing me about every detail.  She was under the impression that she was a Bridezilla.  I explained to this very lovely bride that she was NOT a Bridezilla by any stretch of the name.  I found this article and referenced it because it was so correctly stated what a Bridezilla was.

But today I had the opportunity as I flipped through channels to watch two episodes fo Bridezilla( something that I NEVER do) why you ask?  because I truly believe that the brides are made to act that way to create the drama that is needed to be on these tv reality shows.  Most people do not act this way and should be ashamed if they do.  No matter who your wedding planner is whether one from 27 Miracles or one from another company, having a wedding planner brings the calming effect to the event.  When there is a wedding planner coordinating the day of or planning the  entire event, things that can go wrong, are taken care of before there is a chance for it to go wrong.

The reason I watched this episode was because it was in our home town offices of Windermere FL and Winter Garden, FL.  With locations and people well-known to the industry.  I am attaching a copy here of the link to the episode and the article that was written in the paper.

Comments?  None other than saying, grown adults entering into a sacred thing called marriage should not be exploited on TV by exhibiting behavior to constitute them as “female dog brides.”  Having said that my only other opinion is ” if you have a wedding planner with you on the day of your wedding and helping you plan from day one, you will not be under the stress that is caused by a vendor not showing up or asking for 800.00 dollars to pay a vendor the night before the wedding or having paid your linens so late that now the vendor will not accept any form of payment accept cash.

On that note…Happy Planning of your wedding, it really is a fun experience….



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