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I Am Officially a Mother-In-Law

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

The greatest happiness a mother can have in her life is seeing her children grow up healthy and happy.  I am so blessed to have been able to attend the wedding of my son to his beautiful bride! Although I’ve had many successes, and I have a lot of things in my life to be proud of, I can’t think of any moment in my life that made me more proud, or more successful, than welcoming my daughter-in-law into our family. She is a truly wonderful woman—the type that every mother dreams of her son someday marrying. Of course, I like to believe it’s my influence that made my son grow up to choose such a good woman, but I think that this time I will let him have all the credit.

My son and his beautiful bride

The wedding was an incredible event, and it was the perfect way to celebrate the union not just of my son and his bride, but also of our two families. I had a blast, and it is certainly an event that I will remember for the rest of my life.  I can’t wait to see what comes next for my son and my daughter-in-law. Marriage is a blessing, filled with a lot of hard work, obstacles, and joys, and I know that they will meet any and all challenges they face head-on.


– Yvonne S. Thornton, M. D., M. P. H.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and thank you for reading and joining in the discussion on this blog since it’s inception. Words cannot express how grateful I am that I have such a supportive and engaging group of readers.

I want to wish you all the merriest of Christmases and wish all the best for each and every one of you both now and through the new year.

– Yvonne S. Thornton, M. D., M. P. H.

Romney’s Forgotten Military

Monday, September 24th, 2012

When Mitt Romney was asked whether or not he regretted not mentioning the military in his acceptance speech, he laughed and suggested that he only regretted the reporter bringing it up again.  As a former lieutenant commander of the United States Navy, being forgotten by a presidential hopeful who has never himself served in the military is particularly enraging.

Mitt Romney attempted to excuse his omission of the military by stating that he simply couldn’t cover the “laundry list” of topics people want to hear in every speech.  I had no idea my commitment to this country was considered merely an item on a laundry list.  His comments on the matter were especially shocking, since he is so adamant about sending troops overseas.  It appears he would freely use the services of our brave young men and women in fighting wars, but does not feel it important to mention them in his attempt to become our next President.  Approximately 2.3 million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan to fight for freedom there.  While Romney and Ryan are certainly in support of the war, they don’t seem to care about the individuals who make up our troops.  Neither Paul Ryan nor any of Mitt Romney’s five strapping sons have volunteered for the military (or even government service), yet they thrive and have become wealthy until the blanket of freedom provided by our armed forces.   Governor Mitt Romney is more than willing to send other people’s children to war and possible death, while his sons remain safe and secure at home.  Paul Ryan stated that he had sent men and women to war, as if he really cared about them.  However, it takes more then sending our young men and women to war; they also need to be brought home alive and well.  Ironically, Paul Ryan voted against protecting veteran’s benefits and supported cutting veteran’s programs.

As a veteran and physician, it worries me greatly that men who want to lead our country would so easily send our young men and women to war, yet not care about them nor take care of those veterans upon their return.  From this war, there are currently 50,000 wounded veterans, 80,000 still fighting over seas, and 6,512 dead.  How many more have to die before Romney and Ryan remember the cost of an American life?


Get inside Women’s Issues Live Every Thursday

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Since becoming a physician, I have felt the increasing urge to educate women concerning the issues they face every day, whether in regards to their health, raising children, or even trying to balance a successful career with everything else women face today.  It started with my book, The Ditchdigger’s Daughters, in which I shared my experiences growing up in a family headed by a determined father who encouraged his daughters to be ambitious and independent, despite the racial prejudices of the times.  I then went on to publish two more books, Inside Information for Women and Something to Prove, hoping to help women understand just how much they can do and to inspire them to persevere.

Finding great satisfaction in writing those books, I decided to continue writing for women through this blog, Paging Dr. Thornton.  Still feeling that I had more to share though, I decided to get even more personal by creating my own radio show.  Like the book, my radio show, Inside Information for Women, will address issues that affect women and their loved ones.  At 1pm ET every Thursday, I will speak live, that’s right live, to discuss women’s health and other topics.  I will even get the chance to respond directly to audience questions when they call in during the live show at 1-800-962-1160.  Of course, if you miss it, you can still go to my On the Air page on my website where the most recent installment will be available for playback.

I am excited to find yet another medium to share my knowledge and experiences both as a physician and as a wife and mother.  I’m particularly excited to start a conversation with my audience to address issues they feel are immediately important to them.  Please join me this Thursday at 1pm ET for the next installment of Inside Information for Women.  I look forward to speaking with you soon.


– Yvonne S. Thornton, M. D., M. P. H.