100_4943I am Trisha.   Some people call me “WikiTrish” and others “Tree.”   For some reason, I have always wanted to write a blog.   And thus this blog.

I write about things that happen to me on my adventures, things that I feel are important or interesting and likely the occasional randomness.  Generally my adventures revolve around a few select themes, namely medicine, family/friends, God, music and books.  Expect to see those around.

I am a third year Radiation Oncology resident and therefore,  I want to be a Radiation Oncologist when I grow up.  I am ridiculously passionate about Palliative Medicine.

I am married to Patrick.  We got married the summer between Med 1 and Med 2.  We met when I was in my first year of undergrad.  He is a teacher of the elementary school variety.

A classic wedding picture for the marriage topic.  Seemed appropriate.

A classic wedding picture for the marriage topic. Seemed appropriate.

We have a cat named Jeter (like the baseball player… I like to point out that he came with the name.) who I am convinced is certifiably crazy.

Printing 99 copies of blank paper for his attacking pleasure.

Printing 99 copies of blank paper for his attacking pleasure. 

We have a baby on the way who should be making an appearance sometime in June 2015.  We also have a  little one in heaven named Elim who we will meet face to face one day.

Our biologic families live in another province… My family is fairly francophone and small.  Patrick’s family is rather large and close knit.

At the formal dinner & dance following my graduation.

At the formal dinner & dance following my graduation with my parents.

We have numerous lovely and interesting friends that we have gathered along the way that come up on here.  Generally under pseudonyms that are not at all creative or grouped into things like “home friends” and “school friends” and such.

I love Jesus.  Yes, I said it.  Please don’t make that cause you to run away.  Jesus is a cool guy.  Society doesn’t always make Him seem that way.  But He is.  He has done a lot to keep me on this journey and is the reason I am where I am today.  I will follow Him wherever and whenever.

I am a big nerd.

I am very interested in music.  I listen to most everything, I like most of most everything.  My memories are generally set to song.  Sometimes its like my life is set to song.  I play saxophone and flute.  I occasionally play handbells.  And I once learned to drum.  I want to learn to play guitar.  I sing.

A musical dancing moment caught on camera.

A musical dancing moment caught on camera.

I also read a lot.  Sometimes even things that aren’t school related.  I get excited when that happens.

I knit like an old lady.  It makes me feel domestic.

Speaking of domestic, I am also obsessed with food.  Especially anything with spice… Or vegetables… Or chocolate!

Feel free to comment on my posts.  Let me know what you think or if you have had similar experiences.   I quite like people.

Disclaimer #1:  This is not a medical website.  What I say does not replace a trained health care professional with face-to-face contact.  Please go talk to your physician/pharmacist/nurse practitioner/nurse, etc.  That is what they get paid for.

Disclaimer #2: I intentionally do not include the names of people to protect their privacy.   I have changed the location, age and other identifying information of any interesting cases I present or mention.  I feel confidentiality is of the utmost importance and my practice of writing about encounters with thus be limited to anecdotes or bits of stories.  I value the learning from the experiences, but do not want to release anything of harm.  Please let me know if you think I committed an error in doing so, for everyone’s sake.

Have a lovely day!

95 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for following my blog! And thanks for not being shy about sharing your faith. I appreciate your honesty and look foward to reading your posts. Have a great day!!

  2. Thrilled to have you on board at Looking for God–you may be my first medical doctor (well, almost medical doctor). After reading your site a bit, I feel terrifically lazy. You inspire!

    I’m glad to hear Jesus gets top billing in your life.

    Blessings to you, will be following…

  3. Ok let me just say that from a fellow “medical professional” I completely understand the need for the disclaimer. And also it left me giggling. Thank you. And I look forward to reading more about you 🙂

  4. Good luck with your aspirations in pursuing the field of palliative radiotherapy in oncology! A much needed profession.

    It’s lovely to see those who immerse themselves in science based medicine, and concurrently possess spiritual faith that extends far beyond science. Wonderful!

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog. My husband has worked as a medical dosimetrist for more than 25 years, so I’m pretty familiar with the world of radiation oncology. Oh, and I play flute also!

  6. Hi, Trisha. I look forward to reading more of your posts! I pray God blesses everything you set your hand to — sounds like that is quite a long list. 🙂 I’m eager to discover the many ways He will shine through your life.

    PS. Thanks for visiting “Light’s Scribe”. Your support really blessed me!

  7. Enjoyed reading about you! 🙂 It sounds as if you have an interesting (and very busy) life! Am looking forward to stopping by on a regular basis to see what you’ve been up to. 🙂

    Also, thank you for “liking” one of my posts. I’m still not quite sure how people happen upon my blog… no complaints though. 🙂

    If you ever find yourself in Japan, please let me know, okay?

    • Haha, thanks. I feel like my life has been very busy and interesting as of late. Its not always quite like this.
      I happened to be killing time reading random topic feeds and your post came up. It seems to be a great way to find some new reading material.
      No plans for Japan in the near future. If they come up, I’ll let you know.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! Thanks for it, please check out mine to as I have a heart and desire to reach out to other wives and share what I am going through in hopes of helping and encouraging thme!! laurenbownds.wordpress.com!

  9. Thanks for checking out my fledgling blog! Looking forward to reading yours, I am always intrigued when I meet believers that are medical professionals! Is that Carbonear General in one of your pics?

    • Thanks Lori! I have actually already been nominated and accepted previously for the “Versatile Blogger Award,” but I will definitely check out your post. I appreciate that you thought of me. It is an honour. It is always great to know that people are reading what you write! Blessings!

    • Wow, thanks!
      I really appreciate the nomination. I have actually previously accepted the Versatile Blogger Award, but it is always nice to know that people are reading what you write.
      Congratulations to you on your nomination!

  10. Hi Trisha,
    Just wanted you to know that my mom has stage 4 small cell lung cancer. She is just beginning her chemo treatments and is very weak and sick right now. She is 78 years old, but a frail 78. I would appreciate so much if you would pray for her. From reading your blog, I feel a connection with you and also that you are a compassionate person who cares about people suffering with cancer. Your blog is a bright spot and encouragement to me.

    Terrie van Baarsel
    PS: Feel free to delete this comment. It won’t hurt my feelings at all. I only wanted to ask you to pray for my mom and couldn’t figure out a better way to do it. God bless you, Trisha!

    • Hi Terrie,
      I will be praying for you and your Mom, that you all have strength and peace through this illness and that she will find some relief from her symptoms. Chemo is not an easy thing to go through, but it really does help a lot of people in the long run.
      Thank you for the compliment. I always pray that I will be a bright spot in the lives of others.
      Take care of yourself and your Mom!

  11. Thanks so much for stopping by Gallivance to read Those Bodacious Baltic Beasties. We really enjoyed the Art Nouveau animals and are happy that you did too. And we really like your post on the 10 Older Books. I’ve always been a total sucker for the Nancy Drew series.
    All the Best, Terri and James Vance

    • Thanks for stopping by At Least We Made It This Far… as well.
      The art nouveau animals were really interesting to see.
      Glad you liked the 10 older books. Nancy Drew is fabulous!
      Take care!

  12. My cousin died about two weeks ago. She’d been in palliative care for a week or two. Prior to that I’d never heard of it before. It’s all about “hospice” it seems, and not “palliative” care – it seems there aer places for both. How refreshing to “hear” you say that you love Jesus! I always say that it’s all about people’s views of Jesus – not God, but Jesus. “God” is too nebulus and misunderstood/called by other names…but Jesus is who He is – 100% God and 100% man! Glad to meet someone who believes that in the blogging world. Thanks tons for stopping by my blog!

  13. Trisha, Would you consider a post explaining exactly what palliative medicine is and how it differs from Hospice? Or, perhaps you already have done so and I missed the post. In that case, maybe you could give me the link?


    • I might do something like that sometime in the near future. Hospice and Palliative care are fairly similar and somewhat interchangeable, but there are subtle differences. I will see what I can do!


  14. hiya, thanks so much for stopping by and deciding to follow my blog ! i’m hoping to be able to use the site to support those medicos out there who may be feeling a little lost and bewildered navigating through the medical system…..please continue to drop by, leave some valuable insight, and let others who you think could benefit from what i have to share know about itsnotscrubs.wordpress.com ! thanks, TrishaDM 😀

  15. Hi Trisha,

    I have a quick question about your blog! Do you think you could email me when you get a chance? I wasn’t able to find your contact info anywhere. Thanks!


  16. What a delightful place you have. I think I’m going to stay around and read some of your stuff!
    P.S. I love Jesus, too, and my readers know and still read me. Several atheists, most agnostics. Those from other countries are varied. I love ’em all. As I say, “Everyone is welcome at my table.”

  17. “I am a big nerd” and “I knit like an old lady. It makes me feel domestic” made me laugh out loud right NOW. thanks for that! Great blog.

  18. I am so interested in becoming a resident in a hospital one day, is there a way I can speak to you and get advice or tips?

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