En·ceph·a·lon

Or in other terms, the brain.

SO fun fact about me; I am really interested in becoming a pediatric neurosurgeon, or, in less fancy terms, a doctor who operates on children’s brains.

Now, I know what you’re thinking… “What a weirdo! Stay clear or her, good God! What kind of teenager wants to dig around in people’s brains??”

Well, it’s actually SUPER fascinating how everything works!

So get this… Your brain doesn’t have any pain receptors! Whaaaat?

Yes, your brain is the vital organ that can detect pain, but only in other parts of your body. The brain itself has no pain receptors, which means you could have a surgeon operating on the back of your head, and you can be awake and feel fine.

Speaking of being awake during surgery, it’s actually quite common to be awake during neurosurgery.

Because you are basically a brain (it controls your motor functions, your thoughts, everything!), doctors HAVE to be sure that they aren’t doing any critical damage to your brain. So they’ll have you start talking and they’ll touch on part of your brain that controls your verbal skills, and your speech will just become slurred and incomprehensible.

Am I the ONLY one who finds that so incredibly cool? Like, how can someone not (i) find this cool??

Hold on – get this! If you’re a techy person, you’ll be SUPER interested in this…

Neurosurgeons, among other doctors, have begun to use VR headsets to help patients get an inside look of where and how they’re going to perform a surgery!! Like, what?!

Another thing that’s too cool about neurosurgery is how little we know about the brain compared to most other organs. And failure isn’t exactly an option.

In this article, some neurosurgeons go more in depth about what they love about neurosurgery, and how although it is challenging due to the little information we have on certain aspects of the brain, they wouldn’t trade their job for anything else.

Okay, so ladies, here’s a sad fact for you; for every 20 male neurosurgeons, there is 1 female neurosurgeon. Like whaaat? Where’s my female representation?

Well, it’s with Dr. Grace Mandigo, an Asian-American, female neurosurgeon who specializes in devoted to her practice and is an “American Board of Neurological Surgery certified Neurosurgeon and Endovascular Neurosurgery specialist”. So, in other words, she’s kick-ass awesome!!

She’s literally changing the face of neurosurgery!! How is that not awesome? She is a minority group (female doctor) that isn’t commonly represented in the medical field, and she’s working SO HARD to bring awareness to this. She hosted a confrence to bring about change!!

Like, if I could be like ANYONE when I grow up, it would be her 🖤 I can’t think of anyone cooler and just, ugh. #rolemodel, you know?

All•About•Me

Hey 🙂 My name is Izzy and I guess this is my blog now!

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Well welcome! This blog is more for me to use to grow and expand as a person. I’ve already got a very bubbly and outgoing personality, but sometimes it’s easier to express yourself when you’re not face-to-face with someone else.

I’m not sure where to start, so I’ll guess I’ll just start from the beginning!

I was born in Newport Beach, california, and I was raised alongside my younger brother by my parents until my sister was born in 2013 and became a part of the family.

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with my brother and sister at a college campus in california • 2013

We lived about thirty minutes outside of the city in a town called Lafayette that I adored. To me, it was your picture perfect town; a local sushi place, Noah’s Bagels, several phenomenal restaurants and family-owned business, and of course, my home.

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family photo in my childhood home • maybe 2007 or 2008

When I was eleven, my family moved across the country to North Carolina. While I was excited to live near my aunts and cousins, I wasn’t excited to leave behind the friends I had, the barn and horses I adored, and, above all, the place I had grown up. Although I had traveled out east before, and even spent several weeks at a sleepaway camp I love, I didn’t want anything to change permanently.

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making wine in my neighbor’s yard (a few days before we moved) • 2015

Easily, the hardest thing about moving was finding friends. Although I am loud and expressive, no one seemed to have the same energy, and I immediately felt out of place. My mom and I agreed; we just wanted to go back to the familiarity of home.

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my best friends in orange county; scotty and kyle • 2007

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about starting over somewhere new is this; you won’t feel alone forever. You have to focus on the positives instead of the negative; you will find friends that have similar interests and you will adapt. If I could go back and do it all over again, I’d tell myself that the worst parts are behind me, and that I will be okay.

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at the beach with spencer • 2018
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with friends and classmates in washington, dc • 2018

This blog, for me, is a place where I can reflect who I am just because I can. Every post will be about something I enjoy, whether that be a collection of tv shows, music, food, traveling, friends, horses, etc.

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homecoming my freshman year with my best friend • 2018

Personally, I don’t care anymore what people think of me. Even if there are days where I feel like I stand out too much, or that maybe someone is right, maybe I’m weird or annoying, I’ve learned that I shouldn’t look at someone else’s opinion too deeply; for every person trying to tear me down, there’s at least one person building me up.

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cabin 49 second sesh • 2018

If there’s only one thing you take away from this blog, let it be how to live as your best self 🖤 You can always try to fake-it-till-you-make-it, but trust me; life is so much more beautiful when you’re living it the way you want to.

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in charleston • 2010