I was born with an inherited, genetic disorder called Phenylketonuria (or PKU). It is a rare disorder, affecting only one out of every ten thousand births. My body is lacking an enzyme that is able to process the amino acid phenylalanine (found in protein) into tyrosine. Since I cannot process this amino acid, it builds up in my body like poison. The only way to stay healthy (and as a child, to develop normally neurologically) is to maintain an extremely low protein diet. However, since one cannot live without adequate amounts of protein, I must drink a medical formula called Phenyl -Free HP2. It is my life support. Every morning it is my ritual to make this formula. I used to hate the chore, but now I am learning to respect the process. It is a very mundane task, mixing powder and water and using a blender, yet a necessary one that I must continue for the rest of my life. In this series, I wanted to present the task from my new found perspective of appreciation. Being incredibly expensive, I do not take the medical formula for granted. I am thankful, for without Phenyl-Free, I would not be able to enjoy the activities nor live the life I do today.