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There are literally millions of bloggers, and only a fraction of those bloggers keep a LiveJournal. The diversity of the blogging community makes it a truly special place to be. The diversity can spark fights, discussions, productive experiences and everything in between. We frequently wonder "what am I doing here? What picture am I portraying to others?"

As a contestant in LJ Idol, I have the unique challenge of
figuring out how to portray myself
as someone interesting, fun and "cool". I think I can be interesting, at least, that's what the doctors tell me, but if you're looking for commentary on the latest celebrity gossip, you're not going to find it here. So the typical sense of the word "cool" is out. I'm fun if writing, reading, playing with a cute Guide Dog, and drinking coffee are your definition of fun. I'm also fun if you consider discussions of the best medications, and supportive therapies are to get through the latest flare or wrinkle in my health plan.

I am a social work student, planning and hoping to go into social work in the medical or pain management fields. Good, supportive social work services and practitioners are somethin I think every chronic pain patient needs, and that's what's driving my desire to become a social worker.

I struggle with a condition known as
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
which makes my leg burn like it's been lit on fire, and makes even the caring touch of a friend or family member agonizing. I also have a bit of a case of "Nickie and the runaway Heart" going on. And, I'm blind and travel with a Guide Dog, Julio.

So where do I fit into the world of bloggers I spoke of? How do I fit into the richly woven web of connections? Here are some things I am:

I am an advocate: When I see a situation that needs a voice, I try, if it peaks my interest, to raise my voice for that cause. Audible Pedestrian Signals and the Pain Care Policy Act are two examples.

I am a writer: I've published my first book
Nickie's Nook: Sharing the Journey
And write here as much as I can.

I'm a good friend: I try to be, any way.. If there's something going on in your life, I will listen, let you cry on me, and go from there. Once we are friends, honesty is the best thing that can happen.

I'm a Mom or handler: to a wonderful yellow lab Guide Dog named Julio. I'm so so proud of him, and we work well together. Together, we do clicker training, which works well.

I'm a collector: of links, friendships and articles.

I'm a person in pain: Some days I struggle to get out of bed, but you know what, I will not let RSD beat me down. Right now, I say this as much for you as for me.

I'm an avid reader! I love to read books which give new information, or those that sweep me into a new environment through fantastic ficticious retelling of stories on paper. I love the way in reading I always learn new ways in which to write, and gain new topics for blogging and discussion.

Now do you see why you've been invited to what we call "Nickie's Nook".

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mme_furiosa
Nov. 2nd, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
I'm intrigued. I never knew there were blind bloggers. I feel very ignorant, and very humbled by this phenomenon. Welcome aboard!
anchasta
Nov. 2nd, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
Welcome to LJ Idol! I can only begin to imagine that RSD...I have very sensitive skin that makes me flinch when my husband touches me, but it comes and goes. Whoo, your fortitude is fierce! I'm going to read some of those links you have.

I look forward to reading more!
wildcatwrites
Nov. 2nd, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
Nice to meet you...I look forward to learning more about you
lilerthkwake
Nov. 3rd, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
Great intro! Don't worry, not keeping up with the latest celebrity gossip does not make you uncool. I DO keep up with the latest celebrity gossip, and I am cool, but one is not necessarily the cause of the other. ;-)
rosepurr
Nov. 5th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of your condition. It sounds like a huge struggle. :(

I am also an avid reader! Who do you read?
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