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 this site and the primary master of all functions here. When I'm not writing, 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 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.