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.
My mission is to provide evidence-based research, health literacy, and community health and wellness to as many women and families as possible, particularly in the context of postpartum health.
My interests are in women’s health physical therapy/rehabilitation, the 4th trimester (the first 3 months or so post-birth) as well as the postpartum period for women with chronic diseases (my forte being skin conditions, such as eczema).
My background: 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 less 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).
I am now currently working on my postpartum doula coursework, and then I’ll be tackling the postpartum corrective exercise specialist material. Long term I’ve got my sights set on going for a PhD in history of science to study the various intersections of medicine and women’s health to help inform future policies.
Still curious about me and my life outside of eczema?
- I am married to a lovable Montana mountain man (since January of 2017) and we have a daughter (born summer 2018).
- I am trying to become fluent in either French or Spanish so I can raise my baby girl to be multilingual (and my husband is doing the same). Any advice on raising a polyglot (and quickly mastering a second and third language) is welcome.
- I am a flâneuse and so I love to go on adventures by foot (though wandering for hours in all weather can be tough because of the eczema). I like walking through towns/cities and through the woods, but I am known to traverse the miles in-between as well, lost in my own thoughts.
- I very much love nature: from the new growth and colors of spring to the harvest and festival feels of fall. My favorite color is green and I love growing things. My most prized plant is my magnolia tree seedling, though my goal is to grow a field of marshmallow, and fill a future sunny kitchen with pots of herbs with which to cook.
- I love watching horror movies (and apparently I’ve developed decent taste in the genre, as discovered by having similar preferences/thoughts on movies as do critics). However I am an unorthodox consumer in that I hate being exposed to jump scares, gore, violence, and scary uncanny faces/movements. If you are interested in some recommendations, contact me.
- My love for libraries is unparalleled. I thank them for their shaping of me into who I am today. I also have an overcommitting problem in that I love to get books from the library, but too many to finish before they are due back (even after multiple renewals). I will probably mention libraries a lot, from my adventures in them to why we need to keep them around. I wouldn’t be surprised if I become a librarian down the road. Also I like reading (I figured that was a given though) and giving recommendations so if you are feeling a certain kind of way and would like a book to fit that mood, try out my Book Rx project.
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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Mistakes and inaccuracies: If you notice I have written something that is inaccurate, please contact me and let me know (but be kind, I am only human!). I strive to be as factual and accurate when citing sources and information, but if I miss something or write something incorrectly, I would love to be informed.
Artwork, writing, photos: Unless otherwise stated, all artwork and writing are my own. Note: many of the photos I use are NOT my own work, but are from the free photo library of images within wordpress.