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Hi guys,

Thought it about time I updated my journal. I am graduating a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science at the end of this year (it was a 4 year course), and in fact, my final placement finishes in 3 weeks! I recently got a job in microbiology at our local hospital pathology laboratory (microbiology is my favourite specialisation) which I will be working fulltime at until the end of the year (since in 3 weeks I will have finished all my uni work). 

Then next year I will be moving interstate to do honours research investigating Lyme disease in Australia, which I am so excited about and can't wait to get started! Lyme disease is a tick-borne disease common in America and Europe, but there is significant controversy as to whether or not it exists indigenously in Australia, despite cases of Australians contracting the disease who have never left the country. With very little evidence and awareness as of yet, and Lyme's frustrating ability to mimic many other diseases, Lyme sufferers in Australia take an average of at least 7 years to be diagnosed, and by then there is significant multiorgan damage including nervous, cardiac, arthritic and psychological.

And FINALLY getting their diagnosis isn't the light at the end of the tunnel - then there is the difficulty of getting sufficient treatment, as chronic Lyme is not so easily treated as if it was found within 6 months of contraction! Getting treatment in Australia is difficult, with very few doctors even acknowledging the disease, and in Queensland now, only infectious disease specialists are allowed to treat it, after one doctor lost his licence for treating Lyme sufferers! So I am determined to gather substantial evidence on the existence of this damn bacteria in Australia so that this political controversy can stop stuffing these patients around and improve their earlier diagnosis and treatment! 

So I guess although I am graduating uni this year, I am just going back again next year XD 

Anyhow, in between my scientific career, I have been enjoying painting in my spare time :) 

Hope you're all doing well! 



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Melissa Chalada
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
I am a self-taught traditional artist that uses watercolours and coloured pencils. I paint mainly animals and fantasy, with horses being my specialty and joy, but sometimes branch out to underwater landscapes and human portraits.

**Note: My avatar, along with a beautiful new business card, was designed by Kate Banks **

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Nexu4 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I might use it as a reference oneday :D it looks epic. thank you for providing stock photos! 
Nexu4 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you lie my stock and I'm pleased to see your work ^^
Soob Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Thanks for the +fav. :-) I just had a flick through your gallery - you are very talented! Keep up the great work!
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome, and thank you!
Siljaaz Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oooh, I love your new avatar!♥ Well, I love your all work... and I cant wait to see more from you!
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! A graphic designer friend actually made the avatar for me!! It's like my own personal 'logo'; I got her to make me some business cards (representing me as an artist) for in real life too, and this logo is on it :D
And thank you for loving my work XD XD :hug:
Siljaaz Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, okay! That is really nice! ^^ That is very good logo for you!

Sure of course! :hug:
AsatiraSiti Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your artwork is so beautiful, mad kudos to you!
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!!! XD
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