In the middle of this flare I am going through I wanted to take time to answer frequently asked questions. I get these about my life, my condition, and the things that I do.
Q: How old are you?
Q: What is your job?
A: Well, that depends on the day, and the time of the year. The General answer is I teach. However; I currently am not in a particular school district nor do I have my teaching certification. I travel around teaching in various places. Schools, Senior Centers, Summer programs. Everywhere.
Q: You are always in school, How many degrees do you have and will you ever stop going to school?
A: LOL I am your textbook "Professional Student" I am always in school or taking some sort of class. Currently the highest degree I've earned is my master's degree. I have about 48 hours of post masters work ( Leading to an advanced certificate) and I am currently taking classes in special education so I can get my teaching certification. I am not stopping until I am Dr. Lozano, I consider myself to be a lifelong learner. I promote that heavily in all that I do.
A: Nope happily married :)
Q: Do you have any hobbies?
A: Yes, doesn't everyone? LOL Mine are reading, crafting, and volunteering
Q: Any special talents other than the music thing?
A: No special talents persay lol, I accepted a call to God and became an ordained minister. I am also an activist for various things. Disability rights, Human rights, Gay Rights just to name a few. I try to become knowledgeable about many different things. I don't like being bored.
Q: You have seem very positive about your fibro experience, how do you manage to do that despite your pain?
A: I have been through a lot in my life, not just fibro. I began my life as a fighter and I've been doing so every since. The doctors never gave me a chance at life. Pretty much, if I hadn't died the doctors predicted that I would have serious mental and physical problems that would prevent me from leading a "normal" life. Well... you see what happened there. Yes, I had limitations being blind in one eye but I was raised like a "normal" kid and taught to adapt to my situations. I never knew anything different. I just made life work for me. That is what I continue to do. Admittedly, fibro has caught me a little bit off guard but I was determined not to let fibro run me. Yes, I try to keep a smile on my face because if I didn't honestly I'd be really hard to be around, it would be so depressing. I am just real honest with myself. I am in constant pain almost every day. Some days pain is tolerable, others it is unbearable at times. Good days and bad, I can't shut down. There are days when I have to just stay in bed, I will get up to do the basic essentials but at least I am getting up. Sometimes I can roll all day like the energizer bunny it just depends. Regardless, of the severity of the pain I try to get up, say hi to someone and then go back to bed. :)
Q: How has fibro impacted your busy crazy schedule?
A: Honestly, a lot. At 27 I never thought I would have to slow the heck down so much. I have recognized this though. I am FINALLY! After a year and a half almost, accepting this fact and trying to adjust my life accordingly. I still "try" to move around and do everything I used to do. ( I was a music major so I was constantly going and going. Sometimes only on limited amounts of sleep and 1 meal a day) However; I have learned to listen to my body more and stop when I need to.
Q: Can you find a steady job?
A: I hope so, honestly it has been difficult since leaving Amazon. Due to limitations with my visual impairment ( The fact that I am not able to get my drivers license) and the limitations due to fibro ( decreased strength in my hands and the inability to lift more than 10 Lbs ect) It has been a challenge but I am hanging in there and still looking. My dream job is to teach at a College or a University and I am still working towards that.
Q: Has fibro made you unable to do many things you used to do?
A: Yes, but that doesn't stop me from doing them.
Q: What keeps you going?
A: GOD, My Family and my Friends.
Do you do anything to promote fibromyalgia awareness?
A: Yes, Education is the key and that is what I do.
Have you found support groups helpful?
A: See my blog How Fibro Heros Saved my life
Will you answer other questions?
A: Yes, I am an open book pretty much. If it gets too personal I will tell you.
Thanks for reading. I hope this has answered any questions you have had. Contact me if you want to know more :)