Tina Jackson-Miller

I am a 44 year old woman living with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD) - possibly Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, IBS, Depression, Anxiety and PTSD.

I live with my boyfriend of 7 years. He travels quite a lot for business, but somehow remains tremendously supportive and my rock.

Between us, we have 5 children, 2 in their 20's, 2 in college and an 18 year old who is still trying to figure out life. Maybe he'll clue me in when he works it out.

We are your typical blended family. Last year, we had teenagers coming and going...activities, work, friends, etc. Now, they've all spread their wings and flown the coop.

We have also grown a small collection of reptiles to a respectable collection, mostly corn snakes. We plan on breeding them - it'll be like Christmas every time a clutch hatches! They are also pretty cool and fun to take care of, not a lot of work and huge amounts of enjoyment.

I started this blog for myself, a sort of therapeutic diary. It started as a place where I could vent, whine, remember my successes and good days. I quickly discovered that there were others that felt the same way and it helped knowing we are not alone in this.
I truly hope you are able to relate and share your experiences or thoughts in the comments or you can always email me at

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