hi, i'm kristen. i've been on this earth for twenty four years. i have lived in the dreadful state of south carolina my entire life. i recently graduated from college in may 2012 with a degree in music composition. i would like to go back to school to earn a special education degree. at the moment, i am enrolled in the applied behavior analysis program at florida institute of technology in order to become a behavior analyst. i work part time as a lead behavioral therapist for children with autism, and i love it. the kids that i teach are truly incredible. my full time job is being chronically ill; i have been diagnosed with ehlers-danlos syndrome, fibromyalgia, dysautonomia, and gastroparesis. i follow a gluten and caffeine free diet. i have been living with chronic pain since i was about thirteen years old. to say that it hasn’t changed me would be a lie, but i try to always look on the bright side, and i do my best to enjoy life.
i live with my boyfriend of four years, and i am the mother to two dog-children, jenny and jesse. i'm a ravenclaw. i play a lot of instruments. i want to visit every country in the world. i may or may not have a british alter ego. i like tattoos. i don't have a favorite band anymore, but i like anything that sounds good and doesn’t have ridiculously stupid lyrics. i watch the news a lot. i'm liberal, and i believe in equality (and if you don’t, then i don’t want to be friends). i despise ignorance. i like to drive. i hate twilight. i watch a lot of netflix. i'm addicted to bananas and chocolate. i love the little things. really, there isn't anyone quite like me.
see my face. read more facts about me. don't be afraid to talk to me. i am always willing to answer questions about my conditions and how to live and cope with chronic illness. sometimes i tweet. i also like to instagram.
currently, i am about $15,000 in debt from my medical bills over the past year. you can read more about my story at GoFundMe. if you have some extra pocket change and feel inclined to help out, i thank you.