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    • amylynnm433301477

      My boyfriend really has given me confidence and is truly a light in my life. I’ve suffered with OCD, anxiety, depression and severe ADHD my whole life. Growing up, I suffered severely from these disorders and it was very difficult at times for my family to help me and function normally. My parents were my rock in dark times and really helped me see the light. Not only did they get me the medical help I need but continued to support me as I learned to cope with these diagnoses. However, after I started dating my boyfriend, I realized how important it is to grow as a person and be able to be your own light. I also recognized that in order to be truly myself and help our relationship grow, I needed to be completely open and honest with him about all that makes me, me. With that said, sometimes it is easier said than done. After nervously telling my boyfriend about my past struggles, I found myself to feel more confident and instead of feeling judged or him thinking I was weird, he instead embraced me for me and reassured me that these things don’t change his feelings for me. I have also found that as our relationship grew overtime that he WANTED to be my light in times of darkness and knowing someone wants to be there and supports me no matter what is the best feeling. Opening up to him not only helped him understand me better but also helped me embrace myself and feel more confident. In times of difficulty, he is there supporting me and giving me the reassurance I need. I couldn’t have found a better person for me and everyday I am grateful for him.

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      Meatball helps me in so many ways! As a travel nurse, I am constantly moving all around the country and leaving friends and family behind. Having Meatball by my side means I am never lonely! It’s the best feeling coming home to this little chunk instead of an empty apartment and being reminded I’m loved (at any and all hours because cat problems). I also have anxiety and I have since I was a kid. Whenever I’m feeling super stressed and anxious, it eats me alive and I get so worked up. Having Meatball there to cuddle up to helps relieve my anxiety SO MUCH it’s night and day! She just lays with me and gives me endless kisses. I am so grateful for our travel adventures together across country and know I couldn’t do this without her. I adopted Meatball as a senior cat but I truly wonder who rescued who everyday. Plus, how could you be lonely when you open the door to this everyday?!?!

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      This summer whenever my boyfriend would stay over I would wake up early before work and pack his lunch and leave him a little lunch note. He always raved about his lunch notes and would leave them in a pile in his lunch box pocket and said he would read them when he was having a rough day. When summer ended, I moved cross country as a travel nurse for two months. I made a promise to myself to keep the notes going to now I send him random letters, cards and notes from California all the time just so he still has something to read and smile about. It’s the little things!

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      I’m a travel nurse currently on assignment in California, however New Hampshire is my home. I took this job and literally moved as far as possible in the continental US with only my car full of things. I haven’t been able to go home for a long while and was feeling super homesick. Then one day I came home from work to an unexpected package! Inside was a bunch of goodies like winter scents (to remind me of the snowy winter they are having) and most importantly, a candle called “homesick” and it was the state of New Hampshire candle. My best friend in Connecticut sent it to me so I have a little
      reminder of home and it truly was such a thoughtful and unexpected gift that meant so much!

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      My parents are literally goals. When they first met, my dad was in a rock band and my mom was a teacher who waitressed at night. She thought my dad was super annoying (which he probably was) but naturally he liked her. She mentioned that she taught special education and was having a Halloween party for them at school. Clearly my dad was paying attention because a while later, my dad showed up uninvited and unannounced at my mom’s school dressed as a “rock star” and played music for all the kids, signing autographs and obviously winning my mom’s heart. Clearly after that she decided she liked him, mullet and all, and they have been married almost 37 years. It wasn’t always easy for them but they made a commitment and kept it. My dad is one of those people who would be in jail without my mom (for being crazy) and my mom would be much more boring without my dad. They are the perfect match and I’m so blessed!

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      That people with ADHD/ADD may seem full
      Of endless energy, but we are also really tired. Our bodies and mind run at warp speed so when people say things like “you have so much energy” they actually have no idea that I am exhausted. Many people don’t know that with these disorders can come excessive tiredness due to the increased functioning of the body and mind. For me, this is something I struggle with daily. Although I am like the energizer bunny when awake, as soon as I get to bed I sleep for long periods of sound sleep to regenerate.

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      I was preparing to move cross country for a temporary 6 month position and had to pack my entire life into a storage unit and take only what I could fit in the car. My boyfriend just started a new job and had literally no earned time. He used all of his earned time to take the day off after spending the entire weekend helping me pack. He bought me boxes, rented the uhaul and spent his entire earned time just to pack my stuff up and spend time with me (and we all know packing/moving sucks). Then when I was leaving, he took me to dinner and gave me the sweetest card that he picked out with a handwritten letter. It was so thoughtful and after everything he had already done and his support to follow my dreams and still stand by me while I was gone was just so meaningful. I truly am so thankful and lucky to have him!

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      When I was in Curaçao this past fall I was snorkeling in a coral section at a beach alone while my mom was relaxing in the sun. I was close to the edge where there were a bunch of rocks and coral sections with beautiful fish. I dove down to where I found some beautiful colored coral, or so I thought. As I went to touch it, the “coral” grew an arm and then seven more and came out of a little crevice of the reef. Obviously not coral but instead that GIANT octopus that had camouflaged in the coral. Scared me half to death as it launched right out and swam right past my face. Pretty sure my mom heard my scream from the beach.

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      When I moved out of my parent’s house after graduating college, I knew I wanted to get a pet. Older animals often have a harder time getting adopted so I felt like getting an old cat would be best. I went to the humane society and saw this 7 year old fatty. I immediately fell in love. I named her Meatball because she’s a plump one and is proportionately off, but she’s the greatest pet and friend I could ask for. Meaters loves to cuddle, is playful, and actually enjoys dressing up (side note - that’s a medium sized sweaters for medium dogs and looks more like a crop top sweater…she purrs when she wears it). She has been a blessing and I am so thankful to have meaty as my pet! Adopt, don’t shop!

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      I have ADD, OCD and anxiety. I have been on medications since I was 5 for my OCD and anxiety but unfortunately did not get diagnosed with ADD until young adulthood. For the longest time, I hid the fact that I took medications from the world and was embarrassed to become a statistic. But after a downward spiral during a stressful time in my life, I came to the realization that I am who I am, the my medication makes me better, and why would I not want to be the best person I can be even if it means I need a little help from some medication? I take my medications everyday because I want to be the best version of myself and am no longer ashamed to embrace who I am - ADD, anxiety and OCD included. It hasn’t been an easy road, but the adventure has made me who I am today and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I hope more people can see themselves from this angle rather than be ashamed. Once you learn to embrace who you are, mental illness and medications included, you become happy from within.

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      Be up front about the person you are. Don’t be ashamed or hide your real self, emotions or feelings.  In the first few months of my relationship, I had a conversation about my anxiety with my boyfriend. I explained what things made me anxious and why. He let me express to him the things that bothered me and allowed me to explain my anxiety to him. Because of this conversation, when I have gotten anxious, he has been able to help me ground myself and put things into perspective. He pushes me to talk to him about it even when it is hard or I’m embarrassed because it is “all in my head”. Rather than be judgmental, he helps me by reassuring me and letting me get my emotions out. I think the fact that I was up front and honest with him from the start allowed him to better understand me and opened the communication lines for us. I truly feel supported by him.

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      I took care of a man on his 90th bday after a lobectomy (partial lung removal) and just a few hours after his surgery I saw his flirting with the nurses and dancing in the hall. Shocked, I decided to ask this spitfire for some advice.  “Walter, tell me, what’s the secret to living life to 90 years old?” He looked at me with a serious face and said proudly, “3 wives and a LOT of mistresses!” I burst out laughing and took him I would work on finding husband number 1.  Another time, I took care of a drunk man who came up with a spit mask and 4 point restraints. I looked at him completely serious and said “I will remove that mask but so help me god if you spit ONE TIME it is going on for 24hours. Got it?” He agreed and I took it off. My manager went in shortly after to do some paperwork. He got all worked up again and looked at her as she was asking a question and said “Fuck you, fattycakes!” Even though it was incredibly insulting, it was absolutely hilarious and luckily this co-worker has a great sense of humor. Drunk people say the craziest things!

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