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    I'm still working... over 25 years in Human Resources, a field I got into sort of by accident.

    When just out of college (for the first time) I called around grad schools and said "I want something like an MBA but I don't want an MBA. I'd rather do more with people. Well, HR it was. Hadn't even known it was a separate profession. AND I learned quickly that "I like people" is the WORST reason to get into it. Like law? Good, you need a lot of it. Like statistics? Good, you'll use them. Like ethical dilemmas? Good, you'll be up to your ears. Know how to write clearly? Good. You'll need to. Hate firing people? Good - you'll never be cruel when you lay them off.

    It has been an interesting run, if I had to do it again, I guess I would. But sometimes being a librarian sounds so much nicer..... and lower stress.

    Oh, the college comment? I've now got two masters degrees. Love going to school. Now I don't have time, my lupus limits my waking hours so no time to study!

    Fun thread.
    ~"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe." (Dalai Lama)

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    I was a teacher...I have always loved working with children. I have done every age except High School..
    My specialty though is K-3rd grade. I simply love teaching that age...possibly 4th grade.
    I homeschooled for 15 years...was about to go back to full time paid teaching job when the disease got worse and diagnosed...now I am home and sometimes I feel useless. :-(

    Oh Mary Jane, My daughter is a probation officer...she wants to become a juvenile one, but you need mega experience to become one here.
    I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.......Robert Frost

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    Still working on the career thing really, I'm still new to working. I was diagnosed my senior year of high school, so when everyone went off to college I went off to the doctors and hospitals. I was put on disability at the age of 19 and was told by my doctors I would never be able to work. About 5 years ago I decided to give school a try. I was able to go to community college and get my AA degree in paralegal work. I took the next step and jumped into the work force three years ago. I'm a records clerk at a law firm right now trying to get some experience under my belt until I can get my BA degree to be a paralegal. It was the scariest thing I had every done, leaving the "safety" of disability and going to work not knowing how my body would respond. So far so good(knocks on wood) still doing great health wise and hopefully it stays that way.

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    what a wonderful thread....thanks so the start, bonusmom

    I got married right out of highschool, had three children, then went to college and continued until I had my masters in business communication. I worked in the field for a few years, then my husband was transferred. I was not working, when we moved, then we got a divorce, so i had to find something. I started my own personal fitness training business, and was very successful. My ex was worthless, and I had to support me and my kids . In 1996, I started feeling sick, so I moved to Atlanta and joined in on the family business. I am now the safety director for our industrial warehouses, so I am responsible for plant safety and OSHA compliance. I am very fortunate in that I work out of my home, and can make my own hours. I have to do a good bit of traveling, but at least it is flexible. My kids are grown now, and we all live in the atlanta area. I am also fortunate to be close to them.
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    My current position is Domestic Goddess and Mom Extraordinaire....and let me tell you how I got here....

    While growing up, I always loved to read. My older sister taught me how when I was 4 and I'd read nearly every book in my library by the time I finished grade school. Excelled at English and always had this dream of writing a book or two someday. In High School I loved the secretarial classes..typing, shorthand, etc. When I graduated I couldn't decide on a college so went to Court Reporting School as a way to earn money for college. I was 6 months into the program and going to graduate early when I was diagnosed with Lupus. Had a life threatening case from the start, so had to drop out of school. I remember sitting on my bed crying the day my mom had to take my court reporting machine back to the school. Got married when I was 20 and broke my back that year. I ended up on Social Security disability. Three years later, my Lupus began to improve so I got a job as a Receptionist for a printing company and later a typesetting company to help put my husband through college at Portland State University. I ended up taking the Civil Service exam, at the urging of my mom, and got a job at Oregon Health Science Univesity at the Child Development and Rehab. Center. Kind of ironic I ended up working at the hospital where I get all my medical care. At CDRC, I worked in 3 different positions over a 6 year period...started as Receptionist for the Business Office...then moved to the Main Receptionist for the whole building. In that position I got to work with, and got to know, all the doctors, nurses, PT's, OT's, Social Workers, and the families that came to the clinics. Eventually I discovered I loved the PT's and OT's, they were such a fun bunch, and they asked me to be their Office Manager. I worked very closely with them and the families that came for therapy. In each of these jobs, I learned so much about disabilities and children. We had a Heart Clinic, Genetics, Craniofacial, Orthopedic, Cerebral Palsy, Neonatal Follow-up, Spina Bifida, and Speech and Hearing. After working in that job for 3 years, I got pregnant with my 2nd child, my daughter. I finally had to leave work on disability because I had severe morning sickness and had to go thru Pain Managent Clinic. I needed my hips replaced at the time and was on narcotics for the pain. I ended up having a continuous epidural implanted in my back and carried a pack around thru the whole pregnancy with an IV sending morphine straight to my spine and hips so my daughter wouldn't be born with withdrawals. When my daughter was born 6 weeks early at 3-1/2 lbs. they discovered she had had a bleed in her brain, which resulted in mild to moderate Cerebral Palsy. She spent 3 weeks in Doernbecher NICU. My daughter and I then spent the next 6 years going to the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (where I had worked for 6 years...talk about irony). She had a team of specialists...all the people I had worked so closely with were now taking care of my daughter....and me. I was blessed to have close co-workers and friends providing my daughter with her developmental pediatrics, Physical Therapy, Speech and Hearing, etc. I truly believe God puts us in the right places in our lives for a reason...he has us cross paths with the right people for a reason. I am blessed to be my daughter's advocate...for medical and school. She has very mild CP, mostly her left hand is affected, two handed tasks are a real challenge. She's 12 years old now, and has played soccer since she was 5. Soccer is her passion! I am now a full time, stay-at-home Mom of 2 children, and I love it. Oh...I still haven't given up that dream of writing a book...it's just that right now I'm working on raising 2 children the best that I possibly can. That is my passion!

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    I decided to add this, as I know Saysusie will like the pictures. She's a Sci-Fi movie fanatic like me. My 5 minutes of semi-fame. I got to build some movie guns for various studios and productions, including this gun for "The Matrix". It's a Dillon M-134 Machinegun called a "Minigun". It's a real weapon used by our military. I assembled the weapon myself and modified it to function properly with the special theatrical blanks that they use. I also was on the set for a safety briefing for the actors and crew. Theatrical blanks are quite dangerous even though there is no actual bullet leaving the weapon. It was really fun to immerse myself in that "world" for a day. Keanu Reeves was a really nice guy, very easygoing and laid back.

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    This post will self destruct...poof.
    Last edited by Oluwa; 03-02-2009 at 11:35 AM.
    I have Lupus. So *^#@! what.

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    hey rob how cool i love sci - fi as well i think i get it of my dad!! pics are well cool what and achievement!!
    and rasta girl i think your soo right we are in right palces at right time!! i also think we are given this dreadful illness for a reason!! the amount of people that have heard of this illness because of me adn are more aware off illnes that you can't see!!
    this is such great thread i love it!!

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    Default I'm jealous Rob....

    I agree...Love this thread. I'm loving getting a glimpse into 'who' everybody is. What their passions are...where their lives have taken them.

    Rob....I am soooo jealous. After Lord of the Rings, The Matrix series are my fav. My 16 year old son and I love watching the triology over a weekend. That gun....I can not believe my absolute favorite gun in the movie...was specially designed by you. How cool!! What an amazing history you have. And meeting Keanu... Wow, now I've had my brush with celebrity...I know someone who's met 'Neo'. Did you meet Trinity?

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    I'm loving this topic. I feel like I'm really getting to know some of you. I hope more join in.
    46 year old mother of two diagnosed with SLE 2 yrs ago.
    Meds: Plaquinil, azathrioprine, cymbalta, water pill, folic acid, low dose asprin, and a medication to help me sleep.

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