Ever so often someone asks me: Doc, how did you end up at Jordan Lake chasing eagles. Here is the story of how Jordan Lake became a place of healing for both my body and my heart. Grayced was a starved and badly injured kitten that I found underneath a pickup truck at a boat ramp at Jordan Lake, NC. This abandoned kitten and I, a veterinarian whose career was abruptly shortened by permanent trauma, journeyed together as we re-learned life skills and grew contented with where our shared path has taken us. Companions on a trek toward healing - Grayced from his many injuries and me from the results of a serious vehicle accident. There are moments of light, laughter, veterinary medicine, tears of hurt and a lapful of cat purring the aches away. This is the beginning of Doc Ellen’s Jordan Lake Journey as I began building a life as a wildlife photographer and journalist.