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Friday, January 8th, 2010

So, I just sent out the newsletter letting MANY people know this is here. Here we go…

The Last of the Overlap.

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

School for this quarter began on Monday.  Chemsitry 162 and Anatomy & Physiology 242.  I am loving it!  Being in school is really thrilling for me this time around.  It feels different, more exciting, than I remember my undergraduate years feeling.

The courses are challenging.  Lots and lots to memorize.  Tons of unpronounceable words that I somehow need to remember.  Math to dredge up from the dank basement of my brain.  And I love it.

And, now that I am almost 40, my brain works differently.  Not really better or worse, just differently.  And, I need sleep – big difference from undergrad!  I find that I don’t procrastinate – I can’t, there isn’t time.

Here is something else I don’t do as well as I used to…

…As this quarter begins, I am finishing the last details of client work from my business – the last prints, the last e-mails, the last webpages.  The two directions of my life are overlapping.  It is this overlap of worlds that has been the most challenging of my transition.  My brain in two distinctly different frames of mind, jumping back and forth all the time.  I keep thinking I am good at that kind of multi-tasking – I used to be.  But I’m not anymore.

For a while, my business, school and the holidays all overlapped and I came remarkable close to hopping on a plane to somewhere where I owned a bowl, spoon and dress made from grass, and lived in a hut.  I wanted to be responsible for absolutely nothing.   I wanted off the ride.

Now, I am emerging into this new path more clearly and only a taste of the overlap is here.  I am ready to tie up the ends, wrap it lovingly with kind fabric, decorate it with a ribbon of tears and kiss it off down a lovin’ mama river.

The beginning…

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Firsts.  First blog entry.  First time blogging in any way.  And lasts.  Last day of the year.  Last day of the decade.  Last day of my business.

So, on this day of firsts and lasts, I am sitting to type the story of the end of one journey and the beginning of another.

I guess the “first” question is;  why am I writing this blog?

Well, the story begins about two years ago when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Prior to that, for some time, I had been experiencing light numbness in my fingertips, and an unexplained weakness and “foot drop” in my right leg.  I had spent over a year trying to resolve these symptoms with chiropractors and massage therapists, assuming it was a nerve pinch.  When it didn’t go away, I finally decided it was time to see a neurologist.  She did some physical tests and determined that my problem was Central Nervous System related and not Peripheral Nervous System (meaning, no nerve pinch).

Off I went for a full body MRI and a week later –  Voila!  MS.

With the immediate reaction of this whopper news, I immediately began a very traditional course of treatment of Beta-Interferon (Rebif specifically), to which my liver soon spoke up, and very definitively declared it wasn’t interested in.  This discovery ruled out all by two of the MS therapies available, and both of my two remaining choices were not particularly appealing.

With research, and the assistance of my naturopath, I began looking at food and how what I eat is related to how my body deals with disease and health.  How what I had been eating was part of my body’s breakdown and how what I eat now can assist my body in becoming a strong force to hold off disease progress and help heal what is broken.  So, my journey into “food as medicine” began.

I found that this understanding of food and my body is truly an exciting, revelatory, simple and beautiful thing.  I found that I wanted to spend all my time learning about it.  I wanted to become more than just a consumer of food and of nutritional information.  I wanted to be an expert, a practicioner.   And, I want to play a part in helping others to better understand how important food is to our health – as individuals, as communities, and as a world.  I wanted to enter the global food conversation and find a way to play my part.

So, after 10 years of photographing many fabulous pregnant women and families, I decided to set down my camera (as a business) and head into the land of graduate school.  Beginning in the Fall of 2010, I will be attending Bastyr University to get my Masters of Science in Nutrition and Certification as a Registered Dietician.  Until then, I am in the land of pre-requisits – basically course after course of Chemistry with a dash of Anatomy & Physiology thrown in.

This blog is my chronicle of this journey – what I learn, where I soar, where I stumble.  It is also where I will post any possible upcoming photo session dates (summers?  winter/spring breaks?).  Join me on this journey if you are interested.  Mainly, it is a way for me to pay attention to what is unfolding.

To your health!