Look at all those ridiculous letters... When I first got certified in healthcare my grandfather was so proud. He told me to put the letters behind my name on everything. My last certification meant that the letters behind my name were longer than my actual name, he promptly laughed and told me how funny that looked.
My aunt was the first person in my family to be diagnosed with breast cancer, then my mother, then her other sister. I was in high school at the time and it was suggested that I consider going into healthcare as a profession. I went to art school instead.
During my education process my trajectory did shift from art to healthcare and I studied radiology. In my clinical rotations I discovered that I actually liked working in the field and was still creating images, just in a different way. My education has continued to progress with opportunities to study integrative health as well as many alternative healing modalities.
I try when I can to quell my creative appetite by integrating visual art into my health profession.
I like to start projects... Sheila has to keep me on track to ensure things get completed. We've worked together, lived together and shared our lives for a very long time. I am very grateful to have a partner at work and as a friend, sometimes I even get to be her date to weddings, my husband doesn't mind.
When I am not working, I'm at home with my son (Troy), husband (Chris) and all our pets. Hopefully I will be cleaning, but more likely making a mess somewhere.