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. Here, I want to tell you about the person I am now. The story of how I got here will come later and in bite-sized pieces.
I am 51 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. I’ve had other loves, but nothing like this. We got married the end of July 2013, and there are lots of pictures! The story of how he proposed to me is one that I promise to tell.
I have a fairly rare genetic disorder called Arnold Chiari Malformation. You can follow this link to learn more about the disorder: What is 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 while my brain stem was being pinched off.
Because of the Chiari, there are days that I simply can’t function. That makes it impossible for me to hold a job. That does not, however, keep me from doing fulfilling things with my life. I do volunteer work. I volunteer as a CASA . You can follow this link to learn about that: What is CASA . The church I attend serves meals to the community five days a week and I cook there when I can. We serve an average of 50 people a day.
I love to do “crafty” things like crochet, cross-stitch, embroidery, and knitting. 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. I’d love to know a little about you as well. Feel free to tell me about yourself and/or ask any questions you’d like about me.