Friday, August 03, 2012

Diana in 10 Bullets: Somebody Heal Me 101

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Since I'm at BlogHer '12 this week and handing out business cards and migraine awareness stickers to hundreds of awesome women bloggers, I thought it made sense to put up a post that tells all my new readers a little something about me and my life. It's my way of helping you get to know the real me.

Diana 101: An Overview:

(1) I've been married for 9-1/2 years to an amazing guy named Cliff. We celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary this November. We met in 1997 as undergraduates at Kansas State University.

(2) While we don't have any kids yet, we do want them. In the meantime I treat our two pets like babies as much as they'll let me. Felix is our cat, but he thinks he's a dog most of the time. Maisy is our Jack Russell Terrier, and she has every bit as much attitude as her mama.

(3) I have been disabled by chronic migraines for the past 9 years. My disability is invisible, but very, very real. I struggle every single day to be an equal partner to my husband and usually fail. I also struggle every single day to cope with my disease and symptoms and usually have slightly more success at that.

(4) I worked my butt off to get into law school, graduate near the top of my class at the University of Kansas and pass the bar exam. I landed my dream job. Then chronic migraines intervened and made it impossible for me to keep working. Dealing with the loss of my career as I knew it has been, without a doubt, the greatest challenge of my life. Coming to a place where I can be okay with the hand I've been dealt was hard, and it's always going to be a work in progress, but has made my new life bearable. There's a lot to enjoy when you learn how to cope with the bad and recognize the good. It helps to acknowledge there are things you cannot control and must learn to accept.

(5) This blog started as an outlet for getting out my angst about having my life changed by migraine disease. Over the past 6 years it has become a strong voice for education and advocacy in the migraine and chronic illness community. My readership isn't big, but I like to think this little blog is doing big things.

(6) My work here on Somebody Heal Me caught the attention of a start up called, and they offered me a part-time gig writing for them. Considering how difficult it is for disabled people to find legitimate work they can do from home, I feel incredibly lucky. It's very rewarding and allows me to earn a little extra money to supplement my disability benefits.

(7) My main hobbies are reading and social media. I also knit, but I seem to go in waves with that. I'm addicted to Twitter and love hanging out in online groups with the awesome friends I've made in my years on the web. They enrich my life, teach me tons and keep me from feeling completely isolated.

(8) I also love college football, K-State, animals, fashion, beauty, style, cooking, reality TV, movies, music and writing. My favorite color is purple. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. My favorite movie is Almost Famous. My favorite bands/artists are The Beastie Boys, Cake, Beck and Tori Amos. My favorite reality show is Project Runway. I'm such a college football fanatic I watched ESPN College Gameday on my wedding day. My favorite books are The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor. I'm almost as addicted to Goodreads as I am to books.

(9) I host a patient-oriented Migraine Chat twice a month and coordinate a monthly Headache & Migraine Disease Blog Carnival for bloggers with an interest in related issues. I welcome any of you dealing with migraine disease to join either or both.

(10) Random fact: I'm extremely grossed out by hair. Other people's, yes, but also my own when it's no longer attached to my head. The irony is that my husband is a barber and often tracks home other people's hair in his shoes. Blech.

Please leave me a comment about how we met (or how you found my blog if we didn't meet at BlogHer '12) and let me know how we can stay connected in the future!

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DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site constitutes medical or legal advice. I am a patient who is engaged and educated and enjoys sharing my experiences and news about migraines, pain and depression. Please consult your own health care providers for advice on your unique situation.