The Journey to a New Chapter

Today is the day. The day that has been greatly anticipated… my husband is defending his dissertation at the University of Michigan and he will be getting his Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology. Sorry, I know this post isn’t sharing anyone’s wedding or family photos, but I need to take a minute to brag about my best friend!


To say I’m incredibly proud of this dude is not enough! I’ve learned that science is a very interesting field and learning how to fail is tough for anyone! But it takes a special person to learn how to fail, face challenges and come out with some amazing discoveries! This is why I believe Travis is so great at what he does and will continue to be great as he pursues a career as a professor. He takes everything he learns and looks at the bigger picture and revaluates his process and gets it done! During his time at UofM his research has been on C. Diff. Some of you may have heard about this as it’s an issue in hospitals and with the elderly. I try to explain what exactly his research is, but here is a quick article on what his work was on.


The past almost 5 years have completely flown by and within that 5 years we had a beautiful daughter who is 4 now and I came home to be with her a year and a half ago to spilt focus on her and my business. So on top of everything that normal life brings with the everyday woes, this guy didn’t let it affect him. He stayed focus and was still an amazing daddy and husband through it all!


I will be the first to admit that it’s hard for me to express the right words to him and how proud I am of him, but Travis, this is to you that I am over the moon excited for you and our next chapter in this adventure of life! Northwestern is going to be an amazing experience for you and I know you are going to do even bigger and better things in this next chapter! I love you more than you will EVER truly know babe! I’m one lucky girl to call you my husband Dr. Kochan!


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