July 26, 2015

I’m close to retirement and have decided to turn my full-time-business-plan into a part-time one.  For starters, my arthritic left knee demands babying, so I do exercises and therapy and can’t walk as much as I like.  Second, I’m about to start having my apartment reorganized, professionally.  Too many papers here, there and everywhere, and I need help!

But I can still help other people, with genealogy and consumer-health information and advocacy. And so I shall. I’ve signed up for a genealogy course, given online by Boston University and starting in January. It’s designed for those who already have some experience and skills helping others and themselves in the field, and who want to hone those skills. It will demand about 15-20 hours of my time each week for the duration of its 15 weeks, and I’m excited about it and nervous at the same time. There’s so much I don’t know about the field, and so much I want to learn! Am I young enough to learn it? Do I have time to learn it all? Well, none of us knows how long we’re going to live, so let’s just say I hope I have the time!

As for consumer-health information and advocacy, my principal areas of interest are in mental health and lymphedema, with others in thyroid cancer, kidney disease, connective-tissue disorders, hyperparathyroidism and eye disorders.  I want better medical and societal treatment for people with all the above concerns and their families.

About barbaraj60

I've been a librarian for three decades and change, specializing in history, genealogy and consumer-health information, education and advocacy, with a passion for music and for languages and literature, especially French. It's now July 2015 and in about two and a half months I'll be retiring from a public-service library job in social sciences, history and genealogy, by which time I'll be taking some courses (online) through the Medical Library Association to earn a second three-year renewal of my Consumer Health Information Specialist certificate; I also plan to start taking a 15-week online course through Boston University, leading to a genealogy certificate. It's not the CG but it should help me prepare for that quite well. So...my plan is to start a research and information consulting business, working with individuals and companies, especially nonprofit organizations, focusing on bringing individuals and groups to history and genealogy--and vice versa--and the same in the case of knowledge and its positive outcomes in such fields of medicine as mental health and mental illness, thyroid (and parathyroid) diseases especially thyroid cancer, lymphedema, and eye, joint and connective-tissue diseases. Why all these? Because I know them intimately and first-hand, and I am well aware of the power of knowledge to help us live as well and as long as we can, while helping others to do the same! I'd also love to go back to school and get my Ph.D....but that's another story for another day. Meanwhile, first things first: a lot of writing, a lot of one-on-one and small-group teaching, and sharing and transmitting my sense of the vital importance of information and education to any society that hopes to merit the adjective "free"!
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