Who Am I Apart From My Chronic Illnesses?

I was inspired by a question in Sam Moss’s post https://mymedmusings.com/2020/01/11/a-case-of-chronic-illness-overload/ to talk about something other than chronic illness this week.

She asked, “So, chronic illness asideā€¦.who are you, who am I?” So here are my answers to that question.

Who Am I?

I’m a daughter to my parents.

I’m the oldest sibling for my two brothers and sister.

I’m divorced.

I’m mom to six children ages 32 to 20. The two oldest are daughters; the rest are sons.

I’m a new grandma-in-waiting. Baby is due in August 2020.

I’m a medically retired Registered Nurse.

I love Jesus, and my children. I love my church, too!

I wanted to be a librarian!

I love reading.

I like to create art journals, and art cards.

Green leafy trees, with the sound of gurgling water restores my soul.

I was horse crazy as a young girl, but wasn’t allowed to ride horses. “It was too dangerous,” according to my father. So, I read every horse book in my local library, and played with my small plastic horses for hours in the grass.

I like craft projects. I still have the Christmas wreath I made out of wire and pine cones for my first apartment.

Movies, Books, & Music

I love many British television shows. Dr. Who is the best! The Crown! Doc Martin.

In Harry Potter world, I’m a Hufflepuff.

I just finished reading Educated by Tara Westover. My favorite quote was when one of her professors said to her, ” ‘You are not fool’s gold, shining only under a particular light. Whomever you become, whatever you make yourself into, that is who you always were. It was always in you…You are gold.’ “

I love all kinds of music: worship, country, classic rock, alternative, and music from different cultures. I just discovered Bhangra. It makes me happy! Check it out here:


My favorite Irish folk music is by Daoiri Farrell. You can listen to him here. He also makes me happy.


I love to travel to other places by watching You Tubers’ videos from around the world. I enjoy Shaun from Scotland. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4AqHL8LvKrwQw1VOYNBHnQ

I also really like Maria at Northern Heart. She had some really great Advent videos in December that highlighted Swedish Christmas Traditions.


Finally, I also enjoy watching movies. My favorite movie that I watched recently on You Tube was A Street Cat Named Bob. You can see it here:


Wrap Up

I hope you have a better picture of who I am with this post. Who are you apart from your chronic conditions?

Finally, if you are able, please donate a bit to help me keep this blog up and running at https://www.ko-fi.com/upbeatliving

Till next time, Kathy

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