Day 1 Chronic Illness Challenge

I have seen this challenge and thought I would try it myself.  Mine might be a bit boring compared to some others, but I will do my best to answer the questions honestly so you can get to know me better.

Day 1:  Introduce yourself.  What illnesses do you have?  How long have you had them?

Who am I?

Professionally, I am a math and physics professor.  I have worked on a part-time basis between several colleges.  I have been actively trying to find stable full-time work in a field that takes advantage of my skills.  The stress of working part-time between several jobs is starting to get to me.

I also love astronomy and stargazing.  I hope to get more in depth in this hobby in the future.  Unfortunately, the equipment involved can get expensive.

I could spend hours on youtube watching videos of cats.  I love them and their antics.  Someday I hope to be financially stable enough to have a cat.

I am an introvert.  I get exhausted after teaching 2 math classes.  I don’t know how some people can do it for 8 hours straight in high school.  I need my personal space. In the small amount of free time that I have, it is difficult for me to network with people when looking for jobs.

What illnesses do I have?

I am a patient who has been living with generalized epilepsy.  I experience the following types of seizures: Absence seizuresMyoclonic seizures, and Tonic-clonic seizures.

How long have I had it?

I was diagnosed when I was 17 and have been living with the condition for over 20 years.  Being diagnosed with a chronic illness as a teenager is difficult.  In my high school, you were not supposed to stand out and be different.

Over the years, I came to gradually accept the fact that it wasn’t going away.  That process wasn’t an easy one and it didn’t happen overnight.  Now I attempt to do the best I can to live a ‘normal’ life within my limitations.






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