I went to High school in Gainesville, Texas. Can you believe my parents signed the Guardian Angel paper work to a family that I’ve never met before? Yes they did. At the age of 14, I was send off to middle of nowhere in Texas from the city of Tokyo. Talk about culture shock and trauma. I am not sure why that happened, but the main reason was for me to regain my English. I was born in Sacramento, California and lived there till I was 4 years old.
Have anyone visited Texas before? Or anybody from Texas? Well, let me tell you, everything is Big down there. From people, food servings, drinks in general… Not knowing anything, fresh from city of Tokyo, my favorite food became the Country Chicken Fried Steak and Dr. Pepper (back in 1996). It comes with mash potato and gravy and butter corn (Yum!!). Since I did not speak much of English, being in a shock stage of my life, left all my friends back home including a boy-friend who I just hooked up with right before I was leaving Japan, I ordered Country Chicken Fried Steak and Dr. Pepper every single time we ate out.
Guess what happened. I gained so much weight. Within a month I gained more 10 pounds. I had to get new clothes, breaking out with pimples, and feeling pretty depressed. But the “life of Texas” went on for several years before I made a commitment of losing weight, and doing daily core muscle exercises. I decided not to eat those cookies at lunch cafeteria anymore, and kind of stop eating. Maybe it was not the healthy way to lose weight, but I lost a lot of weight, where maybe I looked like normal Asian girl.
At the same time, I was smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol like regular kids does. I was so confused. I felt like I lost my identity, who am I? What am I doing with this boyfriend who limits my fun? In my brighter story that I tell is that I grow up with Western Medicine influence, and my parents took me to Qi Gong practice when I was a kid, I have all these training from US and Japan, and yeah, I can speak both language pretty good. But all my learning comes from suffering and dealing with REAL issues of American Diet and Depression of Life.
When I started Acupuncture College in Boulder, I had a really hard time getting over myself with all the experience from not knowing who I am. I quit smoking the first day of school, started going to the student clinic and received regular treatment for 8 months, and cried on the commute to school every day for those 2 hours I had to drive. Not only I was mad at my parents for making all of these things to happen, my body was weak from not knowing how to eat well, and mental fog from all the buildup toxins in my body was really hard to get it out.
Now I know what health is all about. Through my body I have learned many poisons and damage that can happen in living in American culture. For me it was really hard to live in super strict Asian culture after all. It’s a different culture, different problems, and different people. When I was in Japan, I day dreamed about working in US and how much beneficial I would be for American people, because I know the culture and where the medicine is going.
I appreciate my life, I am glad that my parents send me to Texas, forced me study my butts off in survival mode, and I am glad to be here after all my adventures. I love Oregon, and it is my favorite States that I lived in so far. So let me help you help your struggles with diet, stress, depression, and anxiety. I am good at treating these problems. If you are committed to make life changes, I am ready to help you. Let’s work on you and we will put all our focus on you to get you on the healthy path with Ultra Alternative Natural and Safe way to regain who you really are!!
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Love, Love, Love to the World~!!
Maya Kathleen Washizu