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.