Caryn's School Fund
Organized by: Cathy Harrison
EVENT DATE Sep 16, 2014
A message from Caryn:
I have always centered myself around a deep interest in helping others, and what clearly rose to the surface during my health crisis last year is that an integrative approach is the ultimate pathway to well-being. From surgery, to pain relievers, to chemotherapy, I understand the place for modern medicine. However, I was able to keep ostomy management under control and gain strength because I challenged myself and remained physically active. I ate foods/spices that aided digestion and decreased inflammation, which kept chemo side effects at bay. And I incorporated meditation, aromatherapy, and the use of oils to clear my thinking and stay positive.
For this reason, I see no choice but to further educate myself about we can do to take personal responsibility for health and exactly how to do it. After months of scouring over programs, I have decided to specialize in Ayurvedic medicine (which translates to "life knowledge") through the Kripalu Holistic Health Center. Kripalu has an unparalleled faculty that consists of Ivy League-trained medical practitioners, holistic doctors, and international mindfulness thought leaders. Ayurveda practices explain that we should use all of the wisdom that exists. It is basically a 5,000 year old practice of integrating traditional and modern medicine. Integration isn't a new concept, it is just one that the United States has left behind. Even in Spain, where modern medicine is practiced much like it is here, my surgeon talked to me about diet and exercise. Europe doesn't have the FDA striking through chances to implement traditional medical practices the way other developed countries do. France is known globally for its anti-cancer centers where they practice concepts that intuitively make sense: eat cleanly, use your body, and stay away from harmful chemicals. Makes sense, doesn't it?
Essentially if we learn enough about our true nature as an individual, we can then apply concepts about eating, exercising, and creating mindfulness practices that allow us to live with an enhanced quality of life. I will complete a 650-hour program to become a Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor, the only one of its kind in the area. I want to take my experience, my knowledge of yogic philosophy, and bring something more to the world. I want to help you live with the intention of making your years count with less the frustration of feeling like you need to follow a strict litany of guidelines. As members of a fast-paced, stress-inducing, disease-creating society, you not only deserve to have the option to incorporate this into your life. You need it.
Given the amount of time I took off last year to heal from surgeries and chemotherapy I had last year, my income still goes toward everyday living: utilities, homeowners bills, groceries, care for my pets, and ongoing hospital bills for follow up scans, colonoscopies, you get the picture. Since I decided last winter that I would attend Kripalu, I have been putting money aside for school given the momentum I embody coming out of last year and the urgency I feel to learn more to protect myself and everyone else I possibly can. School begins on September 26. I have been accepted and I have been talking about it incessantly. I see my future offering traditional therapies so clearly. It incorporates so many pieces of my background - teaching, healthcare, alternative treatments, movement programs, and my love of eating well.
I have put aside as much funding as I can without depleting my energy tank and causing stress, one of the biggest links to disease. Therefore I am very humbly asking you to support me and help me collect the last of the funds I need to start school this fall. I want to help you learn, live intelligently, and foster a life that is as vibrant and joyful as you have ever imagined.