Since we’re going to be spending quite a bit of time together, I believe it’s only fair for you to know a bit about me. So here are the basics.

I am 53 years old and live in (I believe) the most beautiful place in the world. It’s an old mining town in the Rocky Mountains with a population of around 1500. I’ve lived here for about eleven years now and I’m still constantly amazed at how incredible it is. I have four children, two boys and two girls, who are all grown. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss them. I also have four wonderful grandchildren.

I am married to the love of my life. You’ll be getting to know Tim as time goes on, I’m sure.

Last, but not least, we have two awesome dogs. Daisy is a 15 pound terrier who’s almost 8. She’s certified as a service dog. She knows when I’m getting bad before I do, and when I’m stuck in bed she stays there with me whether I’m down for a few hours or days. Duke is a 50 pound shepherd/healer mix. He’s 5 and had a really difficult puppyhood.

I have a fairly rare genetic disorder called Arnold Chiari Malformation. I’ve had five operations on my head so far. The chronic pain, as well as other issues from the disorder, have left me disabled. I was 40 years old when I was finally diagnosed. Before then I was told that I was crazy, that I was under too much stress, and that I should take peaceful walks and long baths and I would be fine. But in actuality, my brain stem was being pinched off.

Just to keep things interesting, I have also been diagnosed with scoliosis, a herniated disc in my lower back, COPD, and Fibromyalgia. This list makes sure that something always hurts. That’s the physical part. I also have severe chronic depression, ADD, PTSD, and GAD (General Anxiety Disorder). The physical feeds off the mental and the mental feeds off the physical.

I love to do “crafty” things like crochet, cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, and beading. I adore reading and listening to audio-books, but I have to confess that writing is my true passion. I’ve written ever since I can remember…stories, poems, and journals.

So there’s the brief version of who Lynnette is. You’ll learn a lot more about me as we go.

I’d love to know a little about you as well. Feel free to tell me about yourself and/or ask any questions.