Xeng Moua interviewed Dr. Gao Nou Lee and Dr. Pheng Xiong who both recently completed their Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic. Learn this married couple’s story of going through the Chiropractic program together.
My name is Gao Nou Lee, and I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota but raised in Detroit, Michigan. I am 25 years old and the second oldest of eight kids. I am a first generation graduate and the first in my family to graduate from college and achieve the Bachelors of Science degree in General Science and Doctorate of Chiropractic degree.
I would have never been able to do it without my husband, Dr. Pheng Xiong. He is one of the main reasons why I never gave up hope and kept going even when I wanted to quit. My husband also holds a Doctorate degree in Chiropractic and we were able to go through this program together and graduate together.
There were countless times in the program when I had four to five exams in one week in addition to lab and/or practicals. I would be running on two or three hours of sleep every day and just cry, because I was afraid of failing. My husband would just hug me and remind me of how capable I was. He let me know that there was a light at the end of the tunnel.
I feel so fortunate that I was able to pursue this dream with him and that we had each other to hold on to when times were difficult. My husband was always someone who advocated for higher education. He tells everyone he meets to pursue education.
My husband and I first met in the summer of 2010 at a soccer tournament. He played soccer for a team in Wisconsin, and they came to Michigan to compete at one of the annual tournaments. We dated for seven years before we decided to get married in the summer of 2017.
Honestly, I never had any doubts about continuing or finishing my education after marriage because my husband is so supportive. I also couldn’t have done this without my parents, especially my mom. She is the main reason I try to do my best, not just in school, but in each and every living day. After my father passed away my mom became both our mother and father.
She cannot read or write in English, but she can speak it a little. My mom cannot drive either. I remember as kids, all of my siblings and I would walk with my mom to the grocery store and each of us would carry a bag of groceries home.
My mom used to walk us to school every morning after my dad’s passing. Every dollar that my mom had went to us kids and our education. I never want to see my mom go through any of these hardships ever again. That is why I worked hard, so I can give her back everything that she’s ever given us and more.
Lastly, I just want to say to anyone out there who are having doubts about starting a family and continuing their education that it is not as hard as people make it out to be. When you have a supportive and loving partner by your side anything is possible. Go ahead and follow and achieve your dreams, so you don’t have to go to bed at night wondering about what could have been. Follow your dreams, don’t give up, and never ever let anyone dull your shine!