My name is Uchenna Umeh (oochaynnah oomay).
Welcome to my blog, affectionately called “wordsbyblackbutterfly”.
I have always seen myself as a butterfly. I believe that I “perch” long enough to “pollinate” and make my mark on the lives I touch daily as I go about my business.
I am a pediatrician, a wife, a mom, a disabled veteran, a “doc-preneur”, a teen expert, a parenting coach, a blogger, and recently became a podcaster, and president and CEO of Dr. Lulu’s Youth Health Center. Visit us for more info at www.youthhealthcenter.com, it is a Direct Primary Practice model, whereby I do not accept any health insurance. My patients pay a monthly fee and get seen as many times AND for as long as they need, both in-person and virtually and lots more.
I love to exercise, and I love to write. My first book, “How to Raise Well Rounded Children” is currently an Amazon Bestseller and topping the charts in the parenting category on Amazon. It also recently got accepted into the Texas Indie Library. I am the founder and CEO of Teen Alive, an online teen wellness center, dedicated to fighting and ending teen depression and teen suicide through my public speaking, which has taken me as far as the Texas Capitol to testify. Check out our brand new website @ www.teenalive.com. I am also a National Speaker, a parent coach, and a teen coach. Check out our services page on the website for more info.
I have been a pediatrician for almost 30yrs. This is my reason for living…I absolutely LOVE what I do! My passion of late has however been focusing on At-Risk Teens: with depression, anxiety and suicide. Check out my weekly Facebook Live series every Sunday at 2pm CST on my Facebook page called “Ask Doctor Lulu“, where I discuss topics about teen life and teen (mental) health. Please Like my page, and feel free to share it on your social media platforms. You may follow me on IG: @askdoctorlulu. I am also on Twitter as Uchenna Umeh, as well as LinkedIn @uchennaumeh9. I also have a YouTube channel; Ask Doctor Lulu.
This is my second attempt at marriage, and while I have not mastered it, I believe I am doing a much better job this time around. I recently celebrated my 5th anniversary with my “wifener” who has also been my lifesaver, my business partner and adviser (thanks baby)
Of all the hats I wear, I must say that my mom hat is most definitely the best fit. It is the most comfortable, and also the most challenging. I am blessed with tres hijos (three sons), and they are, simply put, my heartbeats, my lifelines, my Paches…(Papa, Chidi, and Chidubem)
As a disabled Veteran, I am now beginning to see life through the eyes of the less physically able, and it is humbling. The VA was instrumental in my re-education (I received an Executive MBA degree in May of 2019) and for that I am grateful. To show my gratitude, I did a year-long #22BurpeesforVets challenge in 2018 to raise awareness for Veteran depression and suicide ( did you know that 22 Veterans commit suicide every day?) … join me!
I LOVE to exercise! In spite of my bad knee, my bad back, bad neck, and a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, I refuse to see my body as physically unable, so I continue to push myself to the max, and beyond…
Life, for the most part, is good, and now that I am at the 50th anniversary of my birth, I am on a re-branding quest. I am trying to empower myself and change my outlook in life as I work on my many businesses. #moretocome.
In ending, thank you for visiting my blog, I hope you enjoy my stories and my musings. Feel free to comment and reach out to me with any questions you might have.
Thank you, and again, welcome!