About Caroline

I don’t know whether this is a good idea or not. I’m a great starter. At finishing, not so much. I lack whatever the essential ingredient is that people who finish things seem to have in abundance. But this is something I haven’t done before, and the only rules are that you have to play, so perhaps I’ll stick around and play.

Salient facts about me: I have Addison’s Disease, and no adrenal glands, which for me has meant that in my late 40s I was unceremoniously plucked from my job as a PM at Microsoft and dumped on the lifetime DL. I’ve been on SSDI for about eight years now, and I’m still pissed off about it. I’m not going to dwell on it (though I’ll likely write about it), but absolutely the worst part of AD is that it can scramble your brain. My endo calls it ‘periodic cognitive impairment’ but we both know that’s bullshit. I just don’t think as well as I used to, and that REALLY pisses me off.

I was several chapters into a doctoral dissertation in English lit. when Microsoft offered me a job, so I have lots of years of higher education, an MA, and almost (but not all of) a PhD. Even though I’m well past my Sell-by date, I think I could persuade my department to let me finish my diss and defend it–the whole disabled student thing–and I’ve even toyed fairly seriously with the idea of doing so, but at the end of the day, I think the time and place for that particular project is over. The argument is still alive, and writing it, rather than a diss, is a much more realistic possibility, though if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll note that I’m starting a new project, rather than finishing off the old one.


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