Other life experiences include being in long-term recovery from a couple forms of addiction, coupled with what I believe are commonly related mental health issues like depression.
As I was putting things in motion to get help for my addiction, I ended up with criminal charges. Although I was fortunate enough not to spend time in jail or prison, I do have a felony record - so like many "home comers" (ex-offenders), I live with the societal ramifications. It can make it challenging to get employment; I'm not eligible for food stamps (SNAP) in Indiana; and there would be restrictions for education, some housing, etc. We do not make it easy for people who have served their time to re-enter society as "normal citizens." I'm a lot more fortunate than many... So this is one of my personal passions, to assist those in the re-entry process.
In 2012, I became a person living with the HIV virus, though with current medication, I've remained generally healthy with a strong immune system and undetectable viral load. I'm fortunate to reside in Indiana, where Ryan White and others created a generally positive community awareness and support for those of us living with HIV/AIDS. (Get facts at www.thebody.com).
I'm a former "ex-pat" (both as a child and adult!) - also known as a "third culture kid" or TCK.
I love to technology, travel, ride motorcycles, cuddle with my dogs and spend more time with family and close friends.