• Natalie

Following Dreams

Have you ever fallen into a situation, job or relationship that somehow felt like it lead you where you needed to be?

In August of 2015 I accepted a job working as a pharmaceuitcal compounder at a local pharmacy.

3 years later in 2018 I accepted an offer of admission to study Naturopathic Medicine.

Healthcare has always been a passion. And while I didn't always know where I wanted to end up, I knew that it would ultimately be in healthcare. I was never drawn to pharmacy until I started working at a pharmacy. I was sure I would work behind the scens as a lab technician or on the front lines as a technologist of sorts.

Initally, pharmacy had my heart. And truthfully, pharmaceutical compounding continues to! Pharmacy is an amazing, challenging and ever-changing profession and those who are lucky enough to work as pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have a wonderful and amazingly useful set of skills.

But pharmacy was never enough. There was just something about it that I couldn't get behind. And working in the compounding lab, and not as a pharmacy assitant or technician was where I learned what is was that I could never get behind:

Treating patients who are not interested and not involved in their own healthcare.

I believe that just like mostly all things in life, health is what you make of it. You can choose to sit and let your body become ill, or you can choose to get up and do what needs to be done to live a long and healthy life. This is where I found naturopathic medicine. Through my own journey to health.

I still remember the day that I knew naturopathic medicine was for me. The principals, the modalities (types of treatment) and the beliefs were just...so...close to my heart. All of the beliefs and interests I'd been nursing and developing over the years had finally come together. Thats when I knew I had found my future.

There are a number of principles of naturopathic medicine, but there are two that resonate with me during this phase of my journey.

1) "Doctor as Teacher" or "Docere". This first principal not only encourages, but expects patients to take responsibility for their own health and gives them responsibility in their own treatment.

2) Prevention. This principal is very self-explainatory, but I believe has not been prominent enough in Western Medicine.

My journey in pharmacy has been a wonderful, challenging and sometimes heartbreaking adventure and I wouldn't be where I am without it; but I am exited to begin a new journey in September 2018.

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