Dr. Lisa

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David has finally returned from his three night trip to Las Vegas.  He and seven other relatives from Hawaii watched our daughter, Lisa, graduate with a doctorate of physical therapy from Touro University.  I could not attend due to poor health.

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When he saw Lisa walk across the stage, David said tears streamed down his cheeks.  He was so overcome with joy.

You must understand why.  This daughter graduated from high school in 2000.  She then got a diploma in cosmetology and was a hairstylist from 2002 to 2012.  During that period, she was a part time student, receiving an Associate’s degree from a community college and a B.S. degree in kinesiology from the University of Hawaii.  Then, she attended graduate school in Nevada from 2012 to 2015.  Last Sunday, she graduated with a doctorate.

It is simply amazing that this woman went from being a hairstylist to being a physical therapist.  It’s a testament to her incredible grit and determination.  Lisa said that the only way she could make more money was by choosing a career that paid better.

Now, she intends to take her national board exam in July.  When she passes, she will focus on finding a job, preferably in Nevada, where the pay scale is better than that in Hawaii.

Good luck, Lisa!

Here are some photos of David’s trip to Las Vegas.

The Bellagio Hotel, where he stayed:

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The Venetian Hotel, which he visited:

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The Paris Hotel, where Lisa’s aunt and cousins stayed:

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Lisa with friends and family (those who came from Hawaii were her father David, her sister Maria, her Aunt Pat, her cousins Travis, Asia, Charles, and Kanani, and Charles’ friend Toni):

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And here is Trader Joe’s.  David purchased delicious cookies and chocolates for me:

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What a lovely time for everyone!  Wish I could have been there, but if my colitis doesn’t improve, my traveling days are over.  Sad, but true.

I love you, Lisa!  Congratulations!

12 Responses to “Dr. Lisa”

  1. DJan Says:

    Such a wonderful marker in Lisa’s life. I’m so glad that David could be there, since you were unable to attend, Gigi. Blessings and congratulations! 🙂

  2. Christine Says:

    Congratulations to Lisa, you and David deserve to be proud, a fantastic accomplishment. Thanks for sharing the photos, and I hope your travelling days aren’t over Gigi.

  3. Joanne Noragon Says:

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures, and congratulations to Lisa. I would have streaming tears, too.

  4. Olga Says:

    What a happy celebration for such a major event. Congratulations to Lisa!!

  5. dkzody Says:

    What a fabulous celebration. Congratulations to Lisa and best wishes for her upcoming exam.

  6. Lynette Says:

    Congratulations to Lisa and parents! You must be so proud of her. I’m sorry you couldn’t be there to celebrate with her and the family.
    Blessings to you all,

  7. Grannymar Says:

    Congratulations to Lisa! such a pity you were unable to attend. This getting older is no fun.

  8. Suzanne Says:

    That is determination and persistence. Congratulations!

  9. mmmm Says:

    Congrats to your daughter and to you & your husband too..Hoping and praying your illness doesn’t prevent you from traveling and that your health improves..One can improve one’s life if one is determined indeed, our only graduated from high school in 2000 with an aa degree then on to get her many bs degrees with minors in subjects she adored, she continues to take film classes as she works in film and needs to keep up, NYC is the most expensive city anywhere we think but in Hawaii it must be number 2, food is high and homes are mostly unattainable, you are from Hawaii so you know how to live but it is gorgeous and peaceful..Praying for a good and quick recovery, again congratulations to your outstanding daughter may her path of employment and life be wonderful, peaceful and may it help her to be all she can and would ever want to be in this world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Musings Says:

    Congratulations! That is such a proud awesome moment!

  11. Sylvia Thompson Says:

    Thanks to Aunty Pat for providing all the cousins with tickets to see their cousin’s graduation and share time together. I’m so proud of Lisa for all of her accomplishments and confidence in attaining a doctor’s degree. Woo hoo… Awesome!

  12. Beatrice P. Boyd Says:

    Sorry to read that you were unable to attend Lisa’s graduation, but thanks for sharing the photos and words about her achievement. Yiu and David must also be proud and rightfully so! Hope you will be able to travel in the future.

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