Hello! My name is Kjerstin.  I’m 17, and live in the middle of nowhere, Iowa, United States, North America, etc. As of right now, I’m currently attempting to adjust to the life of online home school after spending K-10th grades in a small public school. I’m an amateur writer and anime artist, and in my spare time I like to read, listen to music, and mess around and take pictures. (But, I’m really not that great of a photographer.)

My life currently consists of being the only home school student in a family of public school kids, going to lots of doctors appointments, and doing my best to be a teenager in the body of an 80 year old. You make a lot of phone calls, video chat a lot, make lots of cancellations, and let a lot of people down, but there’s not much else you can do.

For me, most of my life is occupied with school and dealing with my multiple chronic illnesses. I have been officially diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Orthostatic Intolerance, Restless Leg Syndrome, Asthma/mild COPD, dairy/lactose intolerance and severe gluten intolerance (which may in fact be Celiac Disease, but we haven’t done a scope to get an official diagnosis yet). Tentative/unofficial chronic illnesses that have been diagnosed by doctors, but still need to be confirmed by testing or a second opinion, are Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

I jokingly tend to say I’m “cheating at life”, because with all of these chronic illnesses, none of them are seriously damaging or immediately life threatening. Which means: a) I have great luck (or something) or b) the universe really hates me. One of my coping methods is making chronic illnesses a bit of a humorous competition (ie. “I take more pills then you!” or “ha! I’ve beaten you this year for number of blood draws!) or make a bit of a joke about my illnesses. I’m very sorry if this offends you, but it’s the only way I keep myself from collapsing completely on myself.

And, on that happy note, thank you for visiting my blog! I’m sorry there’s not much here yet, but I promise I’ll be more active on this blog!