26 El Segundo, United States
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My self-summary
I think it's fair to say that my life hasn't turned out how I'd expected it would, although I suppose that is the case for most people.

In my recent past I had been a regular board and tabletop game player--I volunteered for IELLO at GenCon demoing games, I played D&D every couple weeks (my elf bard had an unusually effective cloud of daggers), and I did beta testing for unreleased cards for an Ashes expansion shortly after the game first came out.

I liked to ride my bike a lot too, along the riverside trail in more rural areas and sometimes I'd ride it commuting downtown to work as well.

I was also regularly involved with the local rock music scene where I had been living in Pittsburgh, PA. I'm no musician myself but I would go out to local shows at least a few times a month. Not too long ago too I was finally able to see Brand New in concert in New York, which was pretty awesome, especially since they played with Kevin Devine and The Front Bottoms which is totally my dream lineup.
What I’m doing with my life
I'll just cut to the point I guess--I had an AVM rupture in my brain in September 2015. An AVM is a congenital deformity of an artery in the brain that I had no idea I had until it ruptured. Because of it I cannot fully feel the entire right side of my body anymore which is pretty weird.

Due to rare complications from this already rare condition I cannot stand in one place or sit for more than a few seconds without extreme pain. I can only walk or lie down (I walk 2 miles twice a day for exercise), and even lying down I am still in extreme pain most of the time. I have gone to multiple high level doctors regarding my pain condition but none of them have had any solid answers so far.

On top of all that, my AVM can still re-rupture anytime (which could possibly result in death), and it won't be fully "fixed" by the radiation treatment that was done on it for a few years yet.

So I think it's pretty fair to say that I'm not really *doing* too much with my life these days outside of seeing doctors and specialists on a regular basis. I cannot drive anymore because I can't sit--to go in the car I must recline the seat all the way so I can be essentially laying down. My mom has had to quit her job and sell her house to take care of me full time, which I truly could not be more grateful for.

Just to be clear, I can no longer work because of my condition for the foreseeable future. Prior to the brain hemorrhage I had been a proxy solicitor and had been trying to get a job at BNY Mellon since they have a large office in Pittsburgh where I was living.

So in lieu of working, I'm spending lots of time playing brain games on my 3DS and Lumosity games online to help with my cognitive deficiencies from the brain hemorrhage. I'm definitely getting better every day though, so that's something positive!
I’m really good at
Staying alive, apparently! And often laughing so hard it hurts about things that are probably not that funny.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
House of Leaves (the last book I read before my brain hemorrhage as it would be), The Last Unicorn (I love the movie too), Veins, The Last of the Just, Sputnik Sweetheart, Cloud Atlas

I'm not the hugest movie fan, I must admit, but to try to pick a few of varying genre that I really like I'll go with Dancer in the Dark, Blue Velvet, Anchorman (lol), Nashville, and Across the Universe. I guess now that I think of it it's pretty clear what general types of movies I like--musicals (I took a class on them in college and I guess it really opened my eyes to my appreciation of the genre), non-slapstick humor, and creepy/depressing (but not scary) stuff.

Rick and Morty, Buffy (and Angel, and Dollhouse), Community, Hunter x Hunter, Bee and Puppycat (if that counts), Adventure Time, Twin Peaks, Sherlock, Last Week Tonight

Lana del Rey, Conor Oberst, Kevin Devine, Barry Manilow (I've been lucky enough to see him live twice *swoons*), Modern Baseball, Josh Groban, Little Green Cars, The Black Keys, Brand New, Counting Crows, The Decemberists, Foxing, The Front Bottoms, Garth Brooks, Matchbox Twenty, Pianos Become the Teeth

I used to be really into exceptionally spicy stuff, but unforunately my stomach decided to become super delicate following my month-long ICU stay in 2015. Because of this, I now like to stick with just plain natural protein foods like nuts and meat and vegetables. As far as more "fun" stuff goes I do love mint chocolate chip ice cream and I make a point to have a diet cherry 7up every afternoon as a little pick-me-up :P
The six things I could never do without
1. Not gonna lie, number one these days is totally my mom
2. Music (I can't believe I only found out about Discover Weekly on Spotify fairly recently...)
3. The nearby ocean
4. Sweatpants
5. Pusheen
6. My huge collection of nail polish (even though I don't use it anymore)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to stay positive and move forward when life kinda totally sucks!
On a typical Friday night I am
Usually at home doing my standard thing of playing around on my laptop and 3DS (I play a lot of Animal Crossing these days). Sometimes friends come by and play games and hang out too. I always go for a walk around Main Street as well to say hi to the feral cats that live in this one parking lot and also, of course, to exercise my Pokemon prowess at the many gyms along the street!
You should message me if
You're not totally put off and freaked out by my rough situation, or even if you are and you just want to ask me whatever questions about it that's cool too--I've got all the time in the world!

Also you should seriously message me if you also *don't* like Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory, and Back to the Future!