No matter where I’m going, or what I’m doing, my health problems are always with me.  Type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure impact pretty much every aspect of my life in some way or another.  While that may be the case, it is also true that I’m not merely a person with diabetes and heart problems.  There’s more to me than that.

I’m a son, a brother, a nephew, a grandson, and a boyfriend.  I’m fortunate to have a mother who’s always there when I need her, even if it means having to drive 250+ miles to get to me.  I have a younger sister who always asks when I’ll be coming to visit.  I have an aunt and uncle whom I can’t thank enough for everything they do for me and the rest of the family, and a grandmother who has, quite literally, been there for me from the beginning; she helped deliver me.  And last, but certainly not least, I have a wonderful girlfriend who has stuck with me through the good times and the bad times for over 10 years.  April & I met on move-in day at the beginning of our freshman year of college, and have been together ever since.

I’m an educated man, and an employee.  I earned a Bachelors of Science in Internet Technologies from Indiana Tech, and work as a systems guy for a morning newspaper.  Being a code monkey is both a hobby and my means of paying the bills.

I’m an artist, a photographer, and a writer.  I love to draw all sorts of things.  Landscapes, still-lifes, and portraits are my favorite things to draw.  And that transfers into the photographs I take as well.  I love taking photos of nature; flowers, animals, rivers, and clouds.  Many lend themselves well to the poetry and stories that I write from time to time.

And believe it or not, I haven’t always been as open and outgoing as I am now.  I’ve always been a rather private person, almost a hermit really.  I know, it’s probably hard for some of you to wrap your head around what I just said, considering how forth coming I am about things in my blog posts and tweets.  Nevertheless, it’s true.

So, what influenced that change and got me out of my shell?  Being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure! Like I said, they impact every aspect of life, and they change perspectives.

And I like to think it’s changed mine for the better.

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