50 OVER 50 PROJECT FOR 2022
#14
Carol Shwery

Age: 67

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"Be gentle, kind, and compassionate with yourself. Don’t make yourself wrong for things in your life and personality that aren’t what you would like. Keep moving forward to promote positive change."

age: 67

 

profession: Functional Medicine Doctor

 

What is the best thing about being your age?

The best thing about being this age is the freedom it provides. The concern about comparing oneself professionally and/or personally to others goes away. There is a comfort in being your authentic self and making peace with who and what you are. Acceptance and joy become so important. Focusing on internal peace has become primary.

What hardships have you endured that you feel have made you stronger?  

18 Years ago I was diagnosed with a brain tumor after 5 years of watching my health deteriorate. I came out of the 14-hour surgery totally paralyzed on the right. I found my “warrior” inside to get my body and mind back with hard work and perseverance.

 

Strangely enough, this entire experience made my relationship with my myself and my husband deeper and far more real and meaningful. I am so much stronger for this so called hardship. I don’t regret having this happen.

 

What's your favorite thing you have checked off your bucket list?

I know going to Bali was at the top of the list, but going anywhere in nature that fills me is transformative and a bucket list contender.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Perfect happiness is not one thing. It’s when I feel my love and joy hormones get activated and course through my body. It can feel ecstatic.

What is a trait you are most proud of?

My warrior spirit. It is a part of all aspects of my life.

what do you consider your greatest achievement?

Again, it’s not one thing. I persevere to achieve what I want. Whether it’s coming back from paralysis, achieving professional goals or having a great marriage, these things are all my greatest achievements.

What is your most treasured possession?

If you consider this a possession, my French bulldog Gia.

What do you most value in your friends?

The ability to have deep, meaningful connection. Also, having lots of fun and laughter.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? 

To be less critical of myself.

what is your greatest extravagance?

When I get an idea of something I want, I will do whatever it takes to get it.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Lighten up! Pushing, striving and forcing doesn’t ultimately work towards self-improvement.

What is your motto or favorite quote?

This is not a motto or quote, but you hear them all the time:
"It is what it is."

"No worries."

Words of wisdom for younger women

Be gentle, kind, and compassionate with yourself. Don’t make yourself wrong for things in your life and personality that aren’t what you would like.

Keep moving forward to promote positive change.

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