Shankari Kate Sadowsky, MA, CMT
I understand living with an invisible chronic illness, and putting self-care last on the list. As a teenager, I had severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. I had all kinds of support and braces on the outside of my body and drugs on the inside, and at the age of nineteen I walked with a cane. The RA was severe for ten years, despite conventional western medical treatment. In my mid-twenties, I went rogue. I knew I could be healthier, and I knew I needed to adopt a new way for being in the world. I chose a path away from the medicine I grew up with and started meditating, studying movement therapy, thinking, reading, wondering.
I lived with pain for fifteen years. And now I don’t.
I spent a lot of years trying different methods and practices, I spent time sitting at the bedside in hospice, apprenticed with Darlene Cohen, a Zen priest who focused on working with pain, and eventually went back to graduate school to receive a Masters in Holistic Health Education. A few years after completing my degree, I began specific study in a five-year program in Classical Ayurveda Clinical Medicine at Vedika Global College of Ayurveda in Emeryville, CA where I became adjunct faculty. I currently work with a Functional Medicine team at Abundant Living Wellness Center, as well as my private practice.