about me

I am a twenty-seven year old special educator and writer. In the fall of 2010, I was diagnosed with the debilitating illnesses of fibromyalgia and degenerative bone disease. In addition, I contend with a sleep disorder and bipolar disorder.

These chronic illnesses have changed the course of my life. I continue to raise awareness and battle these health challenges while trying to live as full of a life as physically possible.

My personal mantra is “live each day, one day at a time”.

57 thoughts on “about me

  1. Thanks for following my blog Calvin! Feel free to drop me a line anytime and I hope you’ll enjoy my words!

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  3. That’s the ticket — took me most of 40 years to figure that out. Good for you. And thanks for joining my family of readers, over on Diabetic Redemption.com. I have a Friends page, where my readers share info about themselves and their blogs. Please feel free to add yours! Welcome!

    • Thanks for following and responding Lisa! Yes, it has been a adventurous journey…pass the word about my book campaign..make a donation if you can!

  4. Thanks for following my blog. Hope your changed way of living gives you many, many one-day-at-a-time days of joy and fulfillment. Hope something I write in my blog is of value to you.

  5. Hey!

    Thanks for following my blog. I’m glad you’re continuing to live life to the fullest 🙂 We live in a brilliant time and I’m sure with the right will power (which it appears you have!!) you are going to be just fine =D

    I’m glad you’ve taken the initiative to raise awareness and educate others; knowledge is priceless and meant to be shared!

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    • Hi Calvin,
      I would love to follow your blog. Sounds as if you are doing a great job helping others, and maybe, in the long run, it will help you. One of my favorite sayings is; “Take one day at a time,” which is what you are doing.
      Remain optimistic.

  6. Hi Calvin
    I’m glad that writing helps. I have only come across one person with fibromyalgia and she was one very brave lady as the pain can only be managed. Is research being conducted into fibromyalgia? Thanks for following Hearing Wellbeing’s blog.

  7. Hello Calvin – you sound as if you are living with serious challenges and I hope the blog, the book and everything else you have planned works out well for you. X
    And thanks for following my blog – always delighted and honoured when someone does.

  8. Thanks for following my blog. I wish you all the best dealing with fibro. I have fibro as well as graves disease. Stay strong. You’ve got the right mindset and will go far. 🙂

  9. Thank you for following my blog. Perhaps you can use some of my stories for your special needs students. Looks like you have a very positive attitude. I expect you have researched fibromyalgia a lot. I get a daily email from a Health site that looks into alternative cures and I believe they mentioned fibromyalgia. It might be worth looking at AGORA Health online. Blessings. Tessa

  10. Hi Calvin! So appreciate you following my blog… and I love that you are reaching out to offer encouragement to others who share your challenges – and to those who share their lives with them. Be well!! Michelle

  11. Hi, Calvin! Thank you for much for following my blog! I wish you all the best in dealing with your fibromyalgia…have you tried Reiki? 😉

  12. Thanks for following my blog. It seems we have a lot in common. I wish you all the best with your struggles and admire your positive attitude. My motto for years has been “Give it Time…” BTW I have studied and been initiated into Reiki many years ago, but only use it on myself now and it helps with a gentle warm sort of energy. It works even better when you do it for others but I’m not in a position to do that anymore. I wish I was. What we give out often comes back many fold. I think you know that one tho, eh? 😉

  13. Thanks for following my blog! I hope you enjoy it. Your mantra is great–I agree completely. Your attitude and courage make your blog a pleasure to read.

  14. My gosh, bipolar I fully know – I do, and do. But a sleep disorder on top of that – how unbearable.

    Yet even so, you seem pretty positive. With all of the above on your plate, I wish you some energy & wellness. Sincerely.

    Cheers. N.

  15. Hi, Calvin — I’m happy to see you’ve joined the readers of my blog. I have a Friends page, where you can leave info about yourself and your blog — and a poetry page, if you write or want to write. Also, I suggest you hop over to my other site, http://www.diabeticredemption.com, where I also have a Friends page. You will find that many of my readers are also living with the scourge of the 21st century, Fibromyalgia. Maybe you can find some Fibro friends over there. Or do you already belong? I’ve been away for a week and I don’t remember anything 🙂 Welcome!

  16. Hi Calvin, Great that you are raising awareness of Fibromyalgia, My sister suffers from Fibro and can barely get out of bed on many days. I have CMT or Charcot-Marie_Tooth disorder, a degenerative nerve disorder. Our mother had polio, and I think all 3 nerve disorders are somehow related in our family.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog about living well with a funny named serious disorder.

  17. Hello and how are you today. ? Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. I do understand about how you feel though I have problems too I can never know how you feel or how hard your struggle is but I can empathize and support you so well done for carrying on and well done for writing a blog! I shall be following your blog too! Be well and be happy!! xx

  18. Calvin,
    Thank you for signing up to follow my Feed Yard Foodie blog. I hope that you will find my farm in Nebraska interesting.

    I wish you the best as you seek balance in your life. Learning to life with a chronic disorder is incredibly challenging—I was sick for several years with Graves Disease and subsequent complications, and it does truly change your outlook on life.

    Again, thank you for your interest. I wish you all the best.

  19. thanks for following my Mindfulness Journal and for bringing me here. I look forward to exploring further, and am sending you my prayers and much loving Reiki energies. I am not posting these days on the Mindfulness Journal, (although there is definitely a wealth of information to discover there dealing with Reiki, Mindfulness, Angels, Wellbeing, Meditation, Faith etc., etc). But I am currently posting on my other two blogs-one, a journal of my yearly travels in India, and the other, similar to the Mindfulness Journal but “different”. You might enjoy checking them out just for fun. I wish you much joy and laughter, patience and tolerance, openness and acceptance, and good health on all levels, and leave you this last sentence which is part of my daily prayer/meditation practice: “Just for today I will experience all with complete acceptance, joy, gratitude and Freedom from Fear”.
    with love light and JOY

  20. Hi, thanks for following my blog. as you may have noticed I lasted about 4 days, hit a bad day and havnt got back to it. your blog has inspired me to continue with mine. Thank you ❤

  21. Ceaton 85, thank you for following me. We seem to share almost the same ailments. I suffer from chronic pain 24/7, from damaged nerves from having spinal cord surgery, and this has been going on for five years. I had to take a medical retirement. I take several medications to ease my pain, but don’t like any of them.because of the dangerous side effects. In, my state medical marijuana is legal and the dispensary is very professional. If you want to know about this holistic treatment. I would be happy to answer in a new post. Let me know what you think, and this advice is for anyone in the community

  22. Thanks for following my blog. My 33 year old daughter was just diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She has to completely change her diet to an anti-inflammatory diet. I just read that gluten free is an important part of that diet and I noticed your gluten free chef page. It’s fortunate that there are so many gluten free choices nowadays. Thirty years ago when I started my health food store I could only find one brand of bread to sell and nothing else. I’ll be back to read some more of your posts.

  23. Thanks for the follow! You should find out all you can about cellular inflammation and how to reverse it! It’s the root cause of all chronic disease, and can be fixed with proper diet, specialized supplements, and removing any sources of toxin! If you’d like to discuss, contact me!

  24. Thanks for following my blog–I hope it encourages you. I too have fibromyalgia as well as the mood/depression disorder dystymia. Each day is def a gift to be enjoyed. Stay strong my friend–I am currently in the midst of an estate sale to prepare for a move. There are many back blogs to read until I resume writing.

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