Katharine Marguerite  (Vanderzwet)  Rushton

Be Well and Blessings

Katharine's Story:

I have decided to share my personal journey as an example as to why we should not judge others. It has negative effects on our health and society. 

I have also seen first-hand how positive emotions affects us, within our body systems. I have experienced the benefits of working through barriers and Being still. I hope that my sharing will offer others hope. 

We all have our own challenges to face and overcome, and overcome. My life quickly entered into lack at a very young age. I lacked security and family, and this became the cornerstone for my development. 

My mother left my father when her mother had passed very quickly and very unexpectedly. Rather than return to England, she took a night job with Bell and helped the draft dodgers who landed in Toronto make it to Vancouver. 

Earlier, In the 1960s, we had weekcare; akin to daycare I was there when mom was late returning and I was removed and placed within foster care.    (My mother did fight for years to have me back, but this was not to be) 

I was adopted some years later and encountered the confusion of a name change at the age of four. This home had predators within it and life was based on survival. 

Survive I did but in that mode, the brain takes little else in. I was unable to tap into the gifts of intelligence and instead rebelled, as many do. 

Again I was removed and placed into foster care. It is quite unique to be adopted and a decade later I returned to the system as a Crown ward. Unique I am! 

Foster care over the next years was fraught with difficulties: I became quite forlorn and alienated. I viewed society with suspicion, while yearning to belong. I always wanted to help others but lacked connection education and a sense of self. I was lost. 

I left foster care and school at the age of 16 and stayed lost for another decade. I was all gruff exterior; masking an extremely vulnerable person inside. 

In my mid 20s I was advised (by the man who became my husband) that I might enjoy reading the oldest history book in the world. Over the next five years I read the King James version of the Bible and began a social worker. 

My courses were all through correspondence which made them all the more difficult keeping me disconnected from a busy society I needed to be part of. 

The Bible gave me knowledge and a connection with the world regarding many common challenges we all face. I saw myself as one of many verses a unique victim. I began to view challenges as potential strengths. I was without the prejudices toward the oppressed after being one in a sense. 

I began to see this as a gift. I felt akin with the marginalized. I always had, but now saw it in a more mature and worldly manner. Some of the traits that had set me apart were now viewed as gifts. 

During this time my penchant for physical fitness and my ongoing desire to stay current with science also took flight. Being inclined towards physical activity gave me a love for walking and hiking as this was a saving grace in my youth.

In grade seven I was found coaching and encouraging others who felt exercise was a waste of time or that they were inadequate to the task. In my late teens I helped many of them connect with a healthier lifestyle. 

This aptitude served me well in my early 30s. Combined with finishing my social worker course and reading thru the Bible, I began to host a (light) weightlifting /yoga class in the community center of our mountain home. I was told and recognized that I had a gift for teaching and inspiring others and began to feel this was more my calling than social work. 

In conjunction with this wonderful 'season' of my life I suddenly had bowel difficulties. I had been plagued with this my whole life and once more it was rearing its Continued at Right

 

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of them connect with a healthier lifestyle. 

This aptitude served me well in my early 30s. Combined with finishing my social worker course and reading thru the Bible, I began to host a (light) weightlifting /yoga class in the community center of our mountain home. I was told and recognized that I had a gift for teaching and inspiring others and began to feel this was more my calling than social work. 

In conjunction with this wonderful 'season' of my life I suddenly had bowel difficulties. I had been plagued with this my whole life and once more it was rearing its ferociously ugly head. 

I spent countless hours researching and quizzing others exactly how fiber worked within our system. Then, talk about an Aha moment! I developed my Wellness muffins for myself and incorporated a variety of fibers in my diet. I began to excitedly earn how explosive, proper nutrition is.

A few years later I developed my seasonal cleanse and staggered fruits and vegetables within my daily intake throughout the day. I began replacing negative self-doubts/internal chatter with positive affirmations. 

Each day on my stationary bike I would speak aloud of three beautiful things that enhanced my experience on earth (butterflies, sunshine, and grapes). I was simply mindful, present, positive and grateful.

A decade ago, I found my parents. They had searched for me in the 1970s but the name change made that an impossible task. I have since reclaimed my birth name. When Bern, my husband asked me to reclaim my birth name in the late 90s I found my Dad’s name and my birth address was on my birth certificate in England. A few years later Bern decided to see on internet what he could find.  Dad was famous scientist/prof/author/researcher and we re-connected; Dad was thrilled.

My Mother and I connected quite deeply before she passed the summer of 2011; we never met due to many barriers but we loved one another.

My Dad has been a big part of our lives for this past decade. He lost the battle with cancer Oct 2012. I miss my Dad but hope to remain unselfish; his earthly body had become quite cumbersome.

I learned how to forgive and realized that did not mean condoning. My health and wellness journey continued. I added small steps and by the time I was forty I was glowing with vigor and joy; peace and self- worth.

I have faced challenges this decade of being forty and my journey continues. Each day I try to be present and seek what might be, my next goal towards betterment. 

I have written a book, based on science and have earned credentials for those that need these to validate what I offer, although experience plus knowledge have led me to the wisdom I share with others to serve and empower.  My passion is simply for myself and others to Be Well and Aware of Their Many Blessings!

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