My name is Uchenna Umeh (oochaynnah oomay).
Welcome to my blog, affectionately called “wordsbyblackbutterfly”.
I chose this name because I have always seen myself as a butterfly. I will touch many lives as I go about my business and pollinate them, and hopefully positively influence their lives in time…only staying long enough, to make my mark as I flutter along…;0)
I am a pediatrician, a wife, a mom, a disabled veteran, a “docpreneur” in the making, and an exercise enthusiast!
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. My first experience with my patient that completed suicide was on July 04 2008. Since then, I have noticed a steady increase in the number of patients with depression, anxiety and suicidal behavior in my practice. This is why I quit my job to pursue my passion for public speaking, essentially educating the world about depression. 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. I also have a YouTube channel.
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…
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 has been instrumental in my current re-education (I am getting an Executive MBA) and for that I am grateful. To show my gratitude, I am currently doing a year-long #22BurpeesforVets challenge to raise awareness for Veteran depression and suicide (22 Veterans commit suicide every day) so 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… That is why I am SO proud to announce that I am currently working on getting my “Strong Zumba” coach certification.
Life, for the most part, is good, but as I approach the 50th anniversary of my birth, I am on a re-branding quest. I am trying to empower myself and change my outlook on life as I work on the many business ideas that I have. #moretocome.
In ending, thank you for visiting my blog site, I hope you enjoy my stories and my insights. Feel free to comment and reach out to me with any questions you might have.
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Thank you, and again, welcome!