2013! Another year is beginning and I do not know about you, but I am excited to see what I will experience and learn in this year. If you have found this page while searching for support for Rheumatoid Arthritis (i.e. squeakers), Lupus, or Fibromylagia (i.e., spoonies) then you have found a good place to visit. I was diagnosed with RA in the early summer of June 2010 and immediately started treatment. By January of 2011, I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Lupus. It seems like an understatement to say life is full of pain!! I cannot remember my last day of no pain, it has been that long.
The good news is that despite my pain and the side effects of my treatment ( currently on Arava 20mg. and Lyrica 300mg.), I was able to finish my first year in a doctoral program. I am set to start year two in just a few weeks after coming back from a Christmas holiday break. I have been working on my dissertation topic for about year, my interests include non-academic factors, specifically resilience, and Latino college students. I am hoping to find a connection between resilience, non-academic variables, Latino students, and the achievement gap. I was also excited to be selected as a Barbara Jackson Scholar for the 2012-2014 year. I am looking forward to my conferences and presenting what I have learned.
As you can probably tell I am huge into academics, it is at least something I can do from my bed or my couch! That is a little bit about me, you will learn MUCH more as you read my posts. I started this blog back in 2011 to just share what it is like to live with these invisible diseases. Too many times people will say “hey you look great, so you must be feeling great!!” That hurts to hear especially when you feel just rotten. I want people to know that despite having my life adjusted by these diseases, I am determined to live as full of life as I possibly can live.
I hope to hear from you!
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