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LDWF is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of its members
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1218″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][vc_toggle title=”Sandra” el_id=”1443227897788-2473eb13-b16b”]”As a member of LDW, I consider it’s benefit to me personally as beyond value. Just the support and aide of the group is more than I could have even dreamed when I joined at the recommendation of a friend years ago to answer a question by another mother in dealing with her child with Autism. Over the years, I have asked questions, gotten answers, vented frustration and loneliness, received camaraderie, helped others, made friends, laughed, cried, and pounded my head on the desk, all more times than I can count. I made it through my spouse’s residency buoyed by the support of hundreds and thousands of my “best strangers.” I have had questions answered that I never even thought to ask. I have learned about things I should do to secure our future that I never would have even known about. I was able to go to the first annual LDW Get Together in 2014, and the sisterhood was incredible. Dozens of people who I had never met before, and I left feeling like they were all my friends.
On top of the incredible support, mentally, emotionally, and educationally, of these ladies, I have been supported tangibly as well. The past two years I have been blessed to have been a part of the LDW Angels in Training program, where my children were given an incredible Christmas that I could have never afforded to give them myself. The generosity of the Angels who I was blessed by was incredible. I signed up for the program hoping for a toy for each of my kids to give them from “Santa,” and instead opened a box holding so much more than I could have ever dreamed, lovingly tailored to my kids’ likes and interests that I had listed. I have no doubt that these ladies took as much time and consideration on my children as they had on their own. (If they have them.) On top of all that, they even included gifts for me! I can not wait until the day we are able to return the blessing to other wives in training.
Another incident where I have been blessed by the incredible ladies of LDW was when my mother-in-law passed away in an accident, with my family on the complete opposite side of the country. I went to these ladies to share my grief and shock, and without my even asking, expecting, or intention, by the next morning we had approximately 75% of my husband’s ticket to the funeral covered. We had spent the night mourning the fact that he wouldn’t be able to be there, and thanks to LDW he was.
I came into the Hive to answer a question. I stayed because I can’t imagine any place else where I can find the love, support, and community that the Hive gives.” -Sandra[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1364″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][vc_toggle title=”Gabriela” el_id=”1443581218832-8ab7fccf-2952″]”So when I joined I was one of the few pre-med wives, this was about 4 years ago. Gosh I feel like I have too many stories to share, but this group has been invaluable to me in these last 4 years. This group was a ray of hope and inspiration as we applied to medical school and a source of love, encouragement and generosity when our daughter passed away. Last Christmas an LDW Angel reminded me of how much I love this group and how it has uplifted me when I’ve needed it the most. I received this pampering gift all for me, and gift cards for Christmas for my children as well as a date night to Cheesecake Factory!!! But the most touching of all was the homemade Christmas ornament that was made in honor of our Eva! The picture does not do this beautiful handmade gift justice! This group in many ways has made me laugh, roll my eyes, kept me company and empowered me…all when I’ve needed it the most! I have tried to explain it to anyone that I meet that is a married doc or a doc wife and some smile and nod others seem truly interested and I do probably sound crazy because there isn’t one word to describe this tribe…but those that do join have found there place too!!” -Gabriela[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1224″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][vc_toggle title=”Sarah” el_id=”1443329374861-f33ea289-38aa”]”I found LDW while my husband was in Medical school. It has been my absolute greatest support through this journey. When we moved away from family, a LDW sister helped us find a house in a great neighborhood . While we struggled with Infertility, another sister called and walked me through treatment and cried with me when I miscarried. When I left my job due to bed rest, many of the Hive supported me via surprise pizza delivery, sponsoring us for holiday gifts, and sending encouraging words. The women of LDW have allowed me to lean on them, cry with them, and showered me with love. They have uplifted me in dark times and grounded me on bright days.” -Sarah[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1223″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][vc_toggle title=”Rose” el_id=”1443227618594-49d0c5d3-90a3″]”A group of “sisters” helped my family when both my sister in law and sister died in the span of three weeks. If not for LDW we would not have been there to say our goodbyes. I love my LDW Angles.
P.s. October marks 1 year” -Rose[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1219″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][vc_toggle title=”Alison ” el_id=”1443225017953-a4216094-bebc”]” I’ve been blessed to have LDW’s guidance since the beginning of our medical school journey. From learning the best ways to go about audition rotations (plus, what they were!), understanding the residency application process, honest testimonials of various specialty lifestyles, and support through difficult family events such as the death of a loved one–I’ve felt nothing but love & support. The women that created this group and the women who allow this group to grow have supported me and my husband through this crazy journey. This would have been so much more difficult if it wasn’t for LDW. I’m so proud to be a member of a group that holds each other up & walks through this journey together.” -Alison[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1225″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][vc_toggle title=”Whitney” el_id=”1443227772756-a053dfce-0141″]”I am so grateful for LDW. Not only have I gotten support through tough times (like surviving fellowship interviews), but I’ve made great friendships. It’s an amazing gift to have a group of educated women that share baking secrets, parenting tips, fashion advice, and of course medical life woes. When I read stories from med school wives I remember where we’ve been, and then when I read stories about the next chapter of finishing training and being able to help others financially through Angel Tree and other avenues I get so excited for the future.” -Whitney[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1557″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][vc_toggle title=”Melissa” el_id=”1443581459358-b4ac3081-11ab”]”I joined LDW over 2 years ago when my good friend Sarah Vaca added me to the group, back when we were 600 members! We were already in attendinghood at that point but I wish everyday that I had known about it sooner. I could have used the support in residency in Omaha and definitely when we moved to Houston for fellowship, when I became a first time mom 6 weeks after our move, knowing no one. That was a really hard year for me leaving my friends, family, career, and starting a new lonely life navigating the struggles of mommyhood and ppd. That’s all in the past and we have a large group of amazing, supportive, best friends now in our ‘burb. But I have no doubt my transition would have been easier and more welcoming had I known the hive at that point.” -Melissa[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1226″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][vc_toggle title=”Megan” el_id=”1443227828067-f20db7e6-d415″]”I found LDW during my husbands 2nd year of Medical School and I cannot even begin to tell you what a blessing it has been in my life. From preparing myself for our upcoming road via others personal experiences to making fabulous friends who understand the unique journey we are on, LDW has been instrumental in it all. I am so glad that I have found this little corner of the internet where I can join with thousands of other brilliant women who will cheer me on, laugh with me and cry with me, when needed. I am so grateful for LDW!” -Megan[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1221″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][vc_toggle title=”Jennifer” el_id=”1443329447403-2ef6ab8f-1e8a”]”Everyday I turn to LDW for wisdom and guidance, a good laugh, a shoulder to cry on, and fellowship on this long and often difficult journey. I am thankful to have an outlet that truly understands this life and is never quick to judge, but is always quick to support one another. This family is a blessing” -Jennifer[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1220″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][vc_toggle title=”Gabrielle” el_id=”1443227603511-5f1df97c-d12e”]”I haven’t been a member of LDW for that long, but already it has been my saving grace for residency! There are zero get togethers/spouse groups where my husband is a surgery resident. To be able to relate and seek advice from those that understand a similar situation is so unique and helpful!” -Gabrielle[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1215″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][vc_toggle title=”Kelly” el_id=”1443458646716-26fbfcfa-b279″]”My life has been improved in a billion tiny ways that has had an overall big impact on my quality of life. The stress over the unknown has decreased, I’ve been given organizational/cooking/parenting/wardrobe ideas, and empathized with other women who are going through/have gone through/will likely go through very similar things. I’ve been given the strength to start my own small business, and become as self-sufficient as needed to help care for myself and my children, basically on my own, with drowning debt and lack of spousal income. Before, I was letting this journey define me, because I thought I had to. Then, I was reading all of these stories of women going through harder times, accomplishing more on their own, and I realized I don’t have to wait for my husband, or anybody else, to come save me. I needed to become the leading lady in my own story.” -Kelly [/vc_toggle][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]