Who am I?
The name’s Cally and I am a raconteuse (female storyteller) and an aspiring writer who lives with eczema (and topical steroid withdrawal currently). To help distract myself from the ever-present itch, I like to write about whatever comes to mind especially if it relates back to eczema and/or my life. As eczema forced me to traverse away from the beaten path and my detailed career plans, I am constantly reinventing my story.
To provide evidence-based research, health literacy, and community creation, health and wellness to as many women and families as possible.
I received my Bachelors in biology from Swarthmore College in 2014, and then worked as a physical therapy aide in Rockville, Maryland for a year or so. I started a doctorate of physical therapy program at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston from 2016-2017, with the intent to specialize in women’s health. Unfortunately my chronic eczema made me change gears and so I transferred into a non-clinical field and got my Masters of Science in Health Sciences. After that, I began looking for work in the women’s health field, which led me to working as an information specialist at FemFusion Fitness. I then took some time off to enjoy my pregnancy and journey as a a first time mom (my baby girl was born June 2018).
What I’m up to now?
I currently devote most of my time to raising this little one, and bits of my time towards doing community projects including:
- researching and writing for a postpartum health website called PPD Journey
- co-creating an online program for mamas of color with an herbalist and a neonatal nurse. It will include everything they need to know about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum as well as how to navigate the healthcare/medical system
- creating a training program for churches to employ them the tools to know how to take care of new moms in their community
You can follow my adventures on instagram.
I am NOT a medical provider: None of my blog posts are intended to be taken as medical advice for your unique self. They are more for general information acquisition- to whet the appetite for self study and research, and hopefully to entertain. Should you have specific questions relating to your health or specific conditions, please contact a medical and/or health professional.
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Artwork, writing, photos: Unless otherwise stated, all artwork and writing are my own. Note: many of the photos I use for the blog post cover are NOT my own work, but are from the free photo library of images within wordpress.