How did I find chiropractic

How did I come to see that Chiropractic and Sherman College were THE PATH for me?

How did I come to see that Chiropractic and Sherman College was

THE PATH for me? 

How did I find chiropractic

I had graduated from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, with a B.S. in Community Health Education and a minor in biology. The biology minor was for a future return to grad school. Not sure what that path would be, I still felt it important to prepare for it.

Medicine, I knew, was not the path for me. Why? Simply put, medicine did not resonate with me. What I was looking for was a profession that would provide a “world view” that was vibrant and alive for both patient and practitioner. Science was fascinating and alive but… the study of disease was not. It did not provide the sense of fulfillment that I felt would only come from leading people towards a healthy way of life. A lifestyle, whole, full of vision for a bright future for all people is really where I wanted to BE. I wasn’t interested in dispensing medicine. I wanted something I could do with my hands. I wanted something purposeful and real and creative!

Of course, most of these thoughts were just on the edge of my concrete awareness in undergraduate school. I had to search for a period of time before I found chiropractic.

How did I find chiropractic? It’s actually a bit humorous because it was right under my nose for quite some time before it actually dawned on me. I regularly took my boys (and self) to a chiropractor. One day I noticed a poster on the wall that said something to the effect of “Have you considered a career in chiropractic?” It was from Sherman College.

It was immediate, once I noticed the poster of course. Why hadn’t I thought of it before? Within the month I was driving south from Maine to South Carolina in a car brimming full of “boy energy.” You know, the kind of “boy energy” that means pillow fights in the back seat of the car, in the middle of the night while Mom (me) is driving in the fog through winding mountain roads with lots of big trucks (going kinda fast). Now I can smile about it! Then, I wasn’t sure if we’d make it to Sherman alive!

Ahhh, it was a memorable trip from Maine to Georgia with 2 busy boys in tow. Yet we did indeed arrive safe and sound at a dear friend’s house in Atlanta. I was able to leave them for an overnight while I went off on my fateful journey to Spartanburg, South Carolina.

So “on purpose” was I that I arrived quite early and immediately chose my seat front and center in the empty chairs, expectantly awaiting the first speaker. Tears came to my eyes as a very charismatic student intern (most probably) spoke of who the real doctor was! He talked about something called innate intelligence and I deeply understood. My birthday was in the upcoming week and I promised myself right then and there that I would return as a gift to myself. I knew where I belonged and who and what I would become…a chiropractor!

A very magical thing happened to me this past spring as I was looking at some pictures that Sherman had placed on its Facebook page to honor the retirement of Susan Newlin, a long devoted staff member at the college. As I looked through a number of these pictures one caught my attention, just barely. I actually had to return to it to see… yes! Lo and behold… it was a picture of me from that very first visit at Sherman…15 ½ years ago!!!

Unbelievably there I sat in the picture, in the first row, in the middle, just as I had remembered!! It’s so amazing to have found that special picture that perhaps I should pinch myself.  But then it would hurt ‘cause that dream actually came true!