In the summer of 2008 my DNA mutated and my life was never the same. The subsequent disease has given me chronic pain of 13 joints & tendons and a dysfunctional scalp. I was forced to give up my favorite stress reliever, quit my full-time job as a science marketing specialist, and redesign the structure of my life. Oh yeah, and this was 2 years AFTER I quit a PhD program in Pharmacology and had to redesign my life. Needless to say, since 2008 my life has been on a wild ride (and I’m an experienced designer of life processes).
The pain prevents me from having a regular job, so I founded 2 startup companies. Ruugy Media helps science and environmental organizations navigate the complexities of social media. HappiLabs.org is a research organization that connects scientists to identify problems in science labs and create their solutions. Why isn’t there a ratings & reviews website for scientists? I have no idea, but we’ll make it happen. I was educated to be a scientist, so be patient as my entrepreneurial skills develop.
Pain or no pain, nature & nurture have built me to protect humanity’s happiness and our planet’s health. My humanity-protecting skills have evolved from a diversity of jobs: a cancer researcher, Patient Care Technician, PhD dropout, science laboratory consultant, entrepreneur, and patient.
I do not fear geekiness. Here’s my application video to spend a month inside the Museum of Science and Industry:
WARNING: Dealing with pain all day can cause me to be irritable.
Here are some of my secrets for avoiding the pain:
- Do something random everyday
- Put yourself in happy environments
- Accept the hand you’re dealt
One of my mottos in life: be honest, be kind, and have fun!
Photos taken by Erika Hildegard Johnson