Current Home Town: Newcastle, NSW
Family Profile: An Anaesthetics Reg husband and two kids – 5.5 year old boy and 3.5 year old girl
Occupation: Home Maker but also a Freelance Graphic Designer and Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator
What book are you currently reading? I don’t really read books, I read cross stitching patterns and at the moment carefully studying a card making supply catalogue from Stampin’ Up!
What TV Show are you currently watching?: I’m re-watching Once Upon a Time from season 1.
How many years have you been married? We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in January this year, we go married 1 week before hubby started Med School.
Where has your family’s medical journey taken you? We moved from Sydney to Wollongong for Med School. Since then we have lived in Westmead (Sydney), Orange, Gosford, and now in Newcastle.
How has being the spouse of a medical student, junior doctor, or consultant affected your career? When we lived in Wollongong I commuted 2 hours one way for my university degree and then job in Sydney. After having the kids we found with all the moving is easiest for me be at home, last year I started to freelance and I love that I can work that around everyone schedules. This year I signed up to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. I’m really loving making cards for our family and friends and holding card making classes. It’s been an awesome distraction from hubby’s exam study and crazy shifts.
What challenges have you faced during your years as a medical spouse? The biggest challenge really is that associated with moving and having to start again. Our son has been to two different preschools and now has started a new school – each year he’s had to make new friends. He has adjusted to this wonderfully, and we’ve all learnt to make new connections.
What tip or advice would you give to other medical spouses? Its easy to become resentful, particularly when you compare your life to non medical families. My advice is firstly don’t compare and treasure the times you have together, in the other times find friends who you can connect with and make your own memories in each new place you live in.
What’s in your future? This year we are in Newcastle and next year is yet a mystery though we hope to stay around here and we are enjoying the lifestyle here and I really don’t feel like starting all over again next year. I’ve made such great connections here.