My jobs: I am a full time mom. I am a full time daughter (we live together with my parents!). I work full time at a local Florida University. I drive 70 miles/90minutes a day to work - a job that I LOVE! I am also a full time, online, college student. What was I thinking? My free time (ha! what's that?) is scarce.
Medical history: I have been overweight since I was about 7. Both parents are over-weight, diabetics (dad is insulin dependent), hypertension, etc. My grandparents were all diabetics. I was in two auto accidents over 10 years ago, and with my weight gain and pain from the accidents, the doctors have told me that I have Fibromyalgia. I, also, don't sleep. I recently had a sleep study conducted and they told me that I don't have a sleep apnea (whew!), but that I don't sleep - I don't get to REM because of the chronic pain. And I suffer from horrible depression. It started back in middle school, but my parents didn't really believe in depression, so it was just brushed off as "hormone changes". Then when I gave birth to my son, the postpartum really kicked in and then I got some help. But even with being on meds for the pain and the depression, I just can't seem to get any relief. I hurt, all the time. I cry, a lot. There are days that I can't get out of bed. My son is the only thing that keeps me going. Well, before I start sobbing, I will stop with that. I think you get the full picture. All of the above reasons, plus ME, are the reasons that I am starting this journey!!