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  • drmarwadabbaghnd - Dr. Marwa Dabbagh ND @drmarwadabbaghnd 2 minutes ago
  • Struggles of a #Female Muslim #NaturopathicDoctor #Health #Advocate are sometimes unbearable, but the beauty of being in a supportive group/community/country is that I don’t have to overcome those struggles by myself. It took me a while to realize that we, as human beings, are a product of many small components that combine in different ways that make each one of us unique.
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I have alway known the setback due to my #gender (female, her), due to my religious minority affiliation (Muslim), and unconventional #medical approaches to health (Naturopathic Doctor Health Advocate). But I never realized that even within those ‘labels’ differences can, and will, also be used by others to judge and criticize. 👩‍⚕️
There will always be disapproval if the image of “female” is not portrayed by the woman as expected; if the beliefs I hold are somewhat different than those in the same religion as me; if the approach I take to health and #wellness is not the same as other NDs and health advocates. 🙋‍♀️
So as a result of exploring the dimensions and the components in the past few months that make me unique I have reached a conclusion: I need to connect with my “Tribe” often; listen to my patients when they tell me my approach to health and wellness is amazing (shocking: BECAUSE IT’S DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS); keep my supportive #friends close and my #family closer; and stay open minded to criticism (because that’s how I learn to be better). 1️⃣0️⃣
My take on the #10yearchallenge has little to do with how I look and more to do with who I am. My message to my 21 year old self who never fit into an imaginary box that others have created for her: you’re #beautiful; you’re #enough; and you’ll #love yourself unconditionally after you go through rough times and #forgive yourself for your past mistakes and open your #mind and #heart to new experiences in #life. Only then will you see yourself for who you truly are: beautifully #imperfect. Struggles of a #female Muslim #naturopathicdoctor #health #advocate are sometimes unbearable, but the beauty of being in a supportive group/community/country is that I don’t have to overcome those struggles by myself. It took me a while to realize that we, as human beings, are a product of many small components that combine in different ways that make each one of us unique. 👩 I have alway known the setback due to my #gender (female, her), due to my religious minority affiliation (Muslim), and unconventional #medical approaches to health (Naturopathic Doctor Health Advocate). But I never realized that even within those ‘labels’ differences can, and will, also be used by others to judge and criticize. 👩‍⚕️ There will always be disapproval if the image of “female” is not portrayed by the woman as expected; if the beliefs I hold are somewhat different than those in the same religion as me; if the approach I take to health and #wellness is not the same as other NDs and health advocates. 🙋‍♀️ So as a result of exploring the dimensions and the components in the past few months that make me unique I have reached a conclusion: I need to connect with my “Tribe” often; listen to my patients when they tell me my approach to health and wellness is amazing (shocking: BECAUSE IT’S DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS); keep my supportive #friends close and my #family closer; and stay open minded to criticism (because that’s how I learn to be better). 1️⃣0️⃣ My take on the #10yearchallenge has little to do with how I look and more to do with who I am. My message to my 21 year old self who never fit into an imaginary box that others have created for her: you’re #beautiful; you’re #enough; and you’ll #love yourself unconditionally after you go through rough times and #forgive yourself for your past mistakes and open your #mind and #heart to new experiences in #life. Only then will you see yourself for who you truly are: beautifully #imperfect.
  • Struggles of a #female Muslim #naturopathicdoctor #health #advocate are sometimes unbearable, but the beauty of being in a supportive group/community/country is that I don’t have to overcome those struggles by myself. It took me a while to realize that we, as human beings, are a product of many small components that combine in different ways that make each one of us unique. 👩 I have alway known the setback due to my #gender (female, her), due to my religious minority affiliation (Muslim), and unconventional #medical approaches to health (Naturopathic Doctor Health Advocate). But I never realized that even within those ‘labels’ differences can, and will, also be used by others to judge and criticize. 👩‍⚕️ There will always be disapproval if the image of “female” is not portrayed by the woman as expected; if the beliefs I hold are somewhat different than those in the same religion as me; if the approach I take to health and #wellness is not the same as other NDs and health advocates. 🙋‍♀️ So as a result of exploring the dimensions and the components in the past few months that make me unique I have reached a conclusion: I need to connect with my “Tribe” often; listen to my patients when they tell me my approach to health and wellness is amazing (shocking: BECAUSE IT’S DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS); keep my supportive #friends close and my #family closer; and stay open minded to criticism (because that’s how I learn to be better). 1️⃣0️⃣ My take on the #10yearchallenge has little to do with how I look and more to do with who I am. My message to my 21 year old self who never fit into an imaginary box that others have created for her: you’re #beautiful; you’re #enough; and you’ll #love yourself unconditionally after you go through rough times and #forgive yourself for your past mistakes and open your #mind and #heart to new experiences in #life. Only then will you see yourself for who you truly are: beautifully #imperfect.
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