Since I originally got sick with the swine flu in the spring of 2009, I have been in and out of hospitals and in and out of depression. I got diagnosed with Fibromyalgia October of 2009 and while relieved to have a name for what was making my life a living hell, I was still frustrated and scared most of the time. Back then, I spent so much time alone because my husband worked all day to support us, and the pain was so intense I just sat in my dark, silent apartment by myself.
Its taken 2 years and countless tears to get to where I'm not angry all the time, feel comfortable talking to people about things other than my illness and I am so glad my family was there to help me get out of the darkness of my mind. I got tired of my world shrinking to the size of my apartment, so after getting mentally and emotionally more stable, so I started my own business. Back in May of 2010 I had lost our daughter at 21 weeks. It was devastating to my husband and I. Him because I started bleeding really bad and he almost lost me. Me because I blamed myself for her death. I believed my pain medications caused my water to break, and I was too afraid of the pain to stop taking my them. We named out daughter Elation, and while we never got to watch her grow, we are thankful that we got to meet her before she went to Heaven. I wanted to see her grow up so badly but since I couldn't, I decided to name my business after her.
My business is like my child almost, so I want to work hard and watch it grow. It has been easier than most business ventures I suppose. It's already paid for itself and my husband has been very supportive just because owning this business has been so therapeutic. What I'd love to do is share some of the positive things like the online business I started with others, particularly people who's self esteem has taken a blow from not being able to work, or anyone who is disabled and wants to work from home. Even people who are disabled who want to work but not have the extra income negatively effect their benefits. My bad. Shameless plug but I almost can't help it! Owning my own online store was the catalyst for a lot of positive changes in my life, so if anyone is interested in my online store, ask me about it or check it out for yourself. www.amway.com/ElationWorldwide
When I'm at home I love caring for my 3 cats and my turtle named Timmy, and I'm also trying to teach myself Japanese and how to play the guitar. I love keeping up with current events and while I do love movies, I tend to be fairly picky about the television shows that I watch. I still love cartoons, but also enjoy watching the history channel or the science channel. I even play Magic the Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh trading card games occasionally when the mood strikes and the opponent looks like they need a good beating.
I guess the main thing to know about me is that I'm a pretty laid back individual. I have a whole lot of likes and interests ranging from psychiatry to the newest gaming gadgets, so it's rare for me to be TRULY bored. I'm also an avid reader, and welcome any book suggestions that are offered.
My sister Jasmine has Lupus and Fibromyalgia, and has a hard time keeping track of important medical stuff and remembering important things. I found this site and hopefully by introducing her to it and participating with her, she can find patients like her in her own area of the world; Missouri City, TX. I love her so much, but I can't BE there with or for her when she has a bad day, so I help her as much as I can. I'm so glad that there is a website where people can come together like this, and hope that I can find this as helpful as my sister.