May 12th, tomorrow, is the official Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, chosen because it was also Florence Nightingale's birthday. Naturally, this is a day of reflection for me. Fibromyalgia is a rough condition to deal with. After all, it's an incurable, little-understood chronic pain and fatigue disorder, and every single one of those words brings new complications to the stage. You can read my own story of how I developed and got diagnosed with fibromyalgia here. A good website for general information about this condition can be accessed here. If you'd like to buy fibro-themed products to share the love and help the cause, head over here. Our official color is purple, and the butterfly functions as our symbol. Check it out!
In other news, I recently finished my freshman year of college! It was quite an experience all around, both for good and for bad. I learned a lot--not educationally so much as personally--and I met some amazing people I'm glad to have befriended. I also got the chance to earn some money and gain job experience though what turned out to be a perfect position for me as the head copy editor of the Adams State University student paper.
However, I struggled a lot with my mental health, especially during the second semester, and around the time of spring break, I realized that ASU just isn't the right college for me. It's been a good stepping block towards the college experience, living away from home for the first time. But it doesn't offer the social structure I need, particularly in terms of my religion, and it isn't academically challenging enough for me. I just don't think I can reach my potential there, you know? I'm not really getting closer to my biggest goals.
As such, I am currently in the process of transferring to Brigham Young University - Idaho, which I think will provide the better fit now that I'm prepared to attend a larger college further from home. BYU - Idaho runs on a trimester track system, and I've been assigned to the Winter/Spring track, which means I'll be doing classes online at home until January! I've also decided to drop my music major and just do the English major, focusing on creative writing.
So that's what's up in my life right now! Thanks for reading and for supporting the chronic illness cause. I'll see you again next week.
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