About music: I have always loved music, with the exception of the first 10 years of dealing with being ill 24/7/365. I loved the old music and the current music up until I became ill in 1996. For a long time I didn't listen to music; it made me sad because it reminded me of what I couldn't do; all the things I had been able to do when I fell in love with the music. I was always active, and had become more active living at the beach in Santa Monica; biking, rollerblading, and walking my Golden Retriever every day. I had been a Psychotherapist in Oklahoma for many years, the last several in Private Practice. In 1995 I moved to California (Santa Monica), and loved it. Then became ill, diagnosed with multiple chronic illesses (Lupus and other auto-immune - Sjogrens, and Addisons). Due to being ill, I moved to Kansas in 1999, where family lived who could assist. Present day: I am so much better, living in Utah Valley (Orem, Provo area) since June 2008; where my daughter, her husband and my 4 grandchildren reside. I have had a good life so far, exluding of course the missed years of illness. And although I am still ill, I am enjoying my life now, seeing my grandchildren grow up day by day instead of one visit a year from Kansas;I love being with my daughter and son-in-law. They celebrated 12 years together on 10/26/08 and are still so in love.
Update: July 2009
From March until present I have been in varying stages of relapse and some new stuff no one could diagnose. The simple stuff gets missed: I finally had my gallbladder removed last week...symptoms were mixed in with all kinds of other junk so didn't stand out, until I saw a new doc. Anyway, my gallbladder was stuffed with two huge stones. Looked like peas in a pod. Ha! (I didn't ask for the photos, they just give them to you)
So I am mending, and trying to catch up with a very demanding doctoral program. Who knew it was so much harder? So much more demanding than master's level. Or I'm older, or