When you write acknowledgements for a thesis at a small college in Portland, you can be reasonably assured that almost nobody will read them. This is a shame, for they are meant to be read – meant to shout your love, respect and admiration from the rooftops! So, I hope you will indulge me and read the below and give a silent round of applause to the people that made my thesis, indeed my entire success at school and on this blog and in my life in general, possible. I couldn’t possibly mention everyone who was a part of it – so if you’re not mentioned below and should be – know that my love goes to you as well.
In the coming weeks, I’ll release more of my thesis, though the very thought terrifies me. Anyone who’s written a thesis, dissertation or book will know what I mean.
To Amanda, the love of my life, without you life is bereft of meaning. I thank your for your persistence, your strength, your uncommon beauty and your belief that I’m not as crazy as I seem.
To Eden, without whom I would have had no reason to go to school at all, my debt to you can never be repaid. I love you, I love you, I love you.
To Sarah and Christopher, my dear friends, thank you for your patience with my idiosyncrasies. I cannot promise they will diminish with the final draft of this thesis. But, I can promise more beach trips.
To Heiner, my heartfelt thanks for guidance, for inspiration and for constant reminders of the power of this medicine. I will always be your student, if you’ll have me.
To Arnaud, my utmost gratitude – I hope one day I can be worthy of what you teach. Slowly – I’m starting to get it.
To Michael, remember: scrofula! I can only hope that our study together will continue until the end of our days.
To David Berkshire, thank you for giving me the space to learn from your teacher – nature.
To Brandt, to Abdallah, this end is a beginning. For us, for Watershed and of course – for our journey to God.
To all of my other teachers, too numerous to list individually, you have bestowed me with faith – in medicine, in myself and in a brighter future for humanity.
Love to my grandfather, who taught me the value of unimpeachable argument. Hopefully, one day, I will fully integrate the lesson.
To Kellen, thank you for your sincerity and unconditional love – you always have a home with me.
Finally, to my mother and father – Holly and Steve – what can I say? To you, I owe my life, my fortitude and the most important lesson I’ve learned: in the end, love conquers all.
About Eric Grey
Hi - I'm the founder of Deepest Health. When I'm not writing here, you can find me reaching out to the Chinese Medicine community across the web and in my own backyard. I currently teach Chinese herbs at my alma mater, the National College of Natural Medicine. Additionally, I'm the founder of Watershed Community Wellness, a thriving local clinic in Southeast Portland in Oregon. No matter where I'm working, you'll find my focus on the Classical approach to Chinese medicine laced throughout everything I do.