I am 45 years old, divorced, living in central Pennsylvania. My dad passed away in May of 2010 and it still feels like yesterday. My one sister in-law is diagnosed with leukemia, and I have been helping with housework, her disabled son and appointments.
I am a Phoenix senior, finishing up my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. My dad was proud of me, while he was alive, that I was going to college. I am continuing on because I know he would want me to succeed. I will be the first of his children to go to college, graduate and hold a degree!
My dad died May of 2010 to a long battle with prostate cancer. That hit me hard. He was my original hero. My mom died in the mid 80's, from scirosis of the liver. That left me with a lot to learn on my own as far as cooking, cleaning, etc. My remaining family members live MA, NH, VT, NC and FL. And I live in PA, where I moved with my ex-husband, to be close to his family. I would move if I could afford to, to be closer to family and old friends.
I live on Social Security Disability income due to a birth defect called spina bifida. I wear a leg brace on my left leg that goes up to my knee. I have slight limp but usually people don't notice. The spasms and pain are the part I struggle with day to day. As doctors warned me years ago, they get worse as I age. I used to be quite active, walking, swimming, bicycling. Now I am much more sedentary.
Here in PA where I live, I have no real close friends at all, though that is changing lately. I have decent neighbors, but I don't know them well. Most of my socialization has been through the internet on Facebook, texting, and yahoo or msn messenger. In my free time, I enjoy reading, making beaded jewelry, playing Pogo and Facebook games, keeping up with episodes of America's Got Talent, Big Brother, Expedition Impossible and others. I watch them on computer a day late. It's FREE that way!