It's been over a year since I last posted. No surprise--I've been busy with health issues--and also with living a life. I almost didn't come back to the blog, after being away for so long, but I've decided recently that I actually don't need to feel guilty about my various disabilities. I'm living life as fully as I can--and that has its advantages--I get more enjoyment out of life than many people I know. I've decided that I'm going to go ahead and work on the website when I can--and let things slide when maintaining my health and my work--or just focusing on health issues--are the best that I can do. So, folks, you'll be hearing from me when I can write--and not receiving apologies when I cannot--which, hopefully, will lead to more writing and less guilt!
The content on this website mostly comes from my perspective as a youth services librarian with disabilities. The further I travel along life's road, the more entwined these two parts of my identity become. Librarian: I have an MLS from Rutgers University and have working in public libraries for nearly 20 years. The focus on my career has always been youth services. Disabled: I've been disabled more than twice as long as I've been a librarian. My experience started at birth when I was immediately diagnosed with cleft palate. Also present was a non-verbal learning disability (NLD) for short. This was not formally diagnosed until I was 19, leading to years of frustration. My Tourette Syndrome was not present at birth, but surely started young as I don't ever remember living without it. The Tourette was also not diagnosed until adulthood, further compounding my frustration. Coincidentally, I was also diagnosed with IBD (more commonly known as Chron's\Ulcerative Colitis) at the age of 19. That was another easy diagnosis--as with cleft palate, they look and they see it.