Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wow, I'm tired!

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You may be wondering where I have been recently. Maybe not, either.

Well, I am going to tell you anyway. Life has gotten in the way of blogging.

As you can tell from the picture, I (almost) have finished up my Associates degree in Accounting. Almost, because I do have 2 general education courses to take this summer session to complete it, but I am close enough to done that the college allowed me to take part in commencement.

It's been a long two years and I will have been in school every month since August of 2015. I need a break.

I am happy with what I have accomplished and that I have been able to do this without interruption from Meniere's. When I started, that was the wild card, just like anything I start.

For 2 years I have basically put my life on hold while pursuing this degree. Two years of lots of hours to get homework done, reading done, and trips to the school. Maybe it's bragging, but I am proud of what I have accomplished. It has been a lot of work, and I was able to pull it off, graduating with high honors (over a 3.75 cumulative GPA).

While it has been a lot of work, it has been rather fun at the same time. Mental exercise is just as important as physical, and the confidence this coursework has given me has had a positive effect in my non-school life. I recently started a new part-time job in my field.

For now, part-time is fine. It gives me a chance to use my skills, give me some more experience, and prove myself to those around me. Part-time is all this place of employment had, but it also lends itself to flexibility. I still have more school ahead to complete my bachelors. I have a family. I have my tax season job. I also have Meniere's, and we know what that could mean at any time, although as time keeps moving, I am becoming more convinced that I have "burnt out". It's been a while, and I haven't missed it.

Along with all of this activity, I am still a volunteer for Cochlear Americas and have been doing as much as possible in the regard. Part of that is during the month of May they are sponsoring the #MillionEar challenge to raise awareness of hearing loss and advanced hearing solutions. The challenge isn't a lot of work and it is something we all can do. All it takes is to share a story, article, picture, etc. on social media and tag it with the #MillionEar hashtag and when they reach 2,000,000 hashtags, they donate money to 2 worthy charities in the USA. At last update, half way through May, they were at 1,083,000 and change. Join me, if you would like. You don't need to have Cochlear implants. It's all about awareness.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have more homework to do.......

'til next time
Dennis

Just a guy trying to live with an invisible, potentially debilitating illness