I'm a 25 year old female, that has faced two catastrophic hospitalized actions for random, multiple bi-lateral pulmonary embolisms (PE) and multiple bi-lateral deep vein thrombosis (DVT) 5 months apart (second time after failing Coumadin from allergic reaction to it). Was diagnosed with Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APLS), the "sister" autoimmune disorder of Lupus in Feb. of 2012. Was disgnosed with Fibromyalgia 10 months later. I also have severe Endometriosis that I've dealt with since 17 years old. Have had Interstitial Cystitis but was "cured" with DMSO treatments when I was 17 years old. I also have been a frequent flyer with Kidney Stones and Adrenal Insufficiency. Chronic insomniac going on 4 years now.
I have an amazing Naturopathic doc who had helped me maintain my health. Also have an amazing hematologist ( also is an oncologist and internist) that teaches and researches at UofA. Both docs have helped me to piece my health together and stay focused on living a happy, balanced life-- as best as I can.
Have my BA in Psychology with minor concentrations in Sociology & a Women's Studies. 2nd language is sign language; signed English for 15+ years & formal ASL for 9 years. My current MAS is Infant-Family Practice; specialized to work with children birth to 5 that are at-risk or potentially at-risk for developmental delay and disability ( mental health, development, cultural competence and education). Am currently persuing my 2nd Masters in Mental Health Counseling-- I hope to go on to counsel children and young adults facing and dealing with chornic illness. I also hope to create my own 501(c)3 non-profit that focuses on education and spreading knowledge/education to the general public about mental health & overall bodily health (what it can look like or present itself as, understanding our bodies, reporting concern and not being afraid to, protection, getting help, intervention services, etc) and to teach effective, positive coping skills. My goal is to educate and create an awareness to young adults and children so that people may begin to look outside of themselves or even take a deeper look at themselves in order to be more productive/helpful/dutiful, healthy functioning members of society.
Also have a craft company as I am currently working from home due to health issues. I make special occasion banners, cards, decorations, etc. You name it, and I can create it!