Hey there friend!!
You might be here because you are someone that knows me and cares about me and wants to check in on how I am doing. Or you might be someone who knows IC and/or migraines/chronic illness (personally or through a loved one) and you’re not a fan of it (which is understandable) or are trying to understand it…either way, I’m glad you could stop by. If you want to start at the beginning of my blog at any point in time, maybe because you want to see how my journey began or you want to torture yourself for some reason, you can click here or you can click “To start at the beginning” at the top of my blog.
And if you don’t know about me…maybe learn more about me below:
✨I am Rachel Bob. (Yes there is a story about how my name become Bob… no, I will not be sharing it with you right now..sorry to disappoint🤓)
✨Glitter and Social Justice runs through my veins.
✨I am a social worker and durn proud of it. I have two jobs that I do…one as a therapist and the other is for the state which I won’t mention in depth on here. But just know “I’m kind of a big deal and I have many leather bound books…” I just wanted to quote Anchorman.
✨I am a cat mom to four amazing cats: Blinken, Stanley, Marzipan, and Ziggy.
✨I am a bonus mom to two amazing kids: Reid and Caitlin.
✨I love unicorns, narwhals, llamas, llamacorns and polka dots.
✨I’m a Jew..and yes, it matters, because as I always say Jews of a feather flock together. And because I talk about it a lot..as most Jews do.
✨I laugh at my own jokes. Because I’m pretty darn funny if I do say so myself.
✨I am a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), which is an innate genetic temperament trait.
✨I’m extremely introverted and an INFJ. I love people but I prefer one on one time to group time.
✨I graduated with my BA in Deaf Studies from Gallaudet University in Washington DC in May 2016.
✨I graduated with a MSW from Gallaudet University in May 2019.
✨I put the af in crafty. With all the scrapbooking and glitter and making pretty doodads and whatnots. I worked at Michaels Arts and Crafts for 5 years and then at Joann’s for 5 years. So I have a lot of professional crafting experience lol. Jealous? I wouldn’t be…
✨I love make-up, I love playing with make-up. I love how make-up allows me to be creative and how it allows me to express myself even when I am feeling my worst. Makeup is always there to cover me (literally lol).
✨You might see me talking a lot about the Deaf community and the DeafBlind community. I am not Deaf, but my grandparents were Deaf, which makes me a Grandchild of Deaf Adult (GODA) and my mom is a Child of Deaf Adult (CODA). Gallaudet University is the only Deaf liberal arts university in the world and it is my home. Yes, that means I use American Sign Language fluently, I have been signing since I was born.
✨Oh yea…and I have:
- Interstitial cystitis (IC)
- Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD)
- Chronic migraines with visual aura/vestibular vertigo
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Hypothyroidism
- Major Depressive Disorder
- General Anxiety Disorder
- Complex-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD)
- Undiagnosed ear issue (vertigo, balance issues, nausea, hearing loss) which started February/March 2020
- But these chronic illnesses are not who I am… I have to remind myself of that often.