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    Hi. If you found me, you either read one of my rare recent posts, or you discovered my by accident in some way. I won't take friend requests anymore because honestly, I don't come on here enough to justify it. In order to get to know me in a short bit, let's do one of those text "then vs. now" games:<br />
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    &gt; What is the date?<br />
    Then: 03-26-2008<br />
    Now: 05-21-2020 <br />
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    &gt; What is significant about Then and Now?<br />
    Then: I joined Gaia Online<br />
    Now: I'm awake and drinking coffee.<br />
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    &gt; How old were you?<br />
    Then: I had just turned 17<br />
    Now: 29<br />
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    &gt; What were you doing Then and Now?<br />
    Then: I was in high school. I remember I joined Gaia in the middle of class.<br />
    Now: I'm sitting in my apartment, off work due to golfer's elbow. I'm also drinking coffee.<br />
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    &gt; What is your relationship status?<br />
    Then: I think I was dating someone, but was in love with someone else.<br />
    Now: Happily married. No, Captain Kieran is not my husband; he is actually the person I was in love with all those years ago.<br />
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    &gt; What do you do?<br />
    Then: I was a high school student with a weekend job<br />
    Now: I'm a full-grown adult with a full-time job in a grocery store.<br />
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    &gt; Who is your best friend?<br />
    Then: In terms of being in the same city, I think Captain Kieran fits that description. <br />
    Now: While he and I are friends today, I consider my husband to be my best friend.<br />
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    &gt; What was the most significant change in your life?<br />
    Then: I was young and still had a lot of the world to see.<br />
    Now: I got cancer when I was 26 and I still have a lot of the world to see.<br />
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    &gt; Do you have kids?<br />
    Then: No, I was only 17!<br />
    Now: No, and I can't have kids- the chemotherapy made me menopausal. <br />
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    &gt; Do you have pets?<br />
    Then: My dad had a cat named Tiggrrr.<br />
    Now: I have 3 cats of my own; their names are George, Bob and Boots. Tiggrrr has since ran away from my dad's house and never came back. ... I miss him.<br />
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    &gt; How are your mom and dad?<br />
    Then: I lived with my dad and he was... okay? He let me do whatever I wanted. My mom had left me when I was 8 and I wasn't speaking to her.<br />
    Now: My dad moved from Canada back to California. I'm not really speaking to him now because of how he left and how he abandoned Tiggrrr. My mom and I managed to patch things up... just before she died in 2011. <br />
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    &gt; What did you want to be when you grew up?<br />
    Then: I wanted to be a music teacher.<br />
    Now: I'm just happy I can make money to put bread on the table. <br />
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    &gt; What's the highest level of education you received?<br />
    Then: I was still in high school; I hadn't even gotten my diploma yet! <br />
    Now: I have since gotten my diploma (in 2012, not 2009 like I wanted to) and have attended college, yet didn't finish.<br />
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    &gt; What worries do you have?<br />
    Then: I wanted Captain Kieran to notice my feelings and be with me. <br />
    Now: I just want to be with my husband and be cancer-free.<br />
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    &gt; How did you think your life would go vs how it is now?<br />
    Then: I wanted to get the guy, go to college, be a music teacher. I didn't really make any plans outside of that.<br />
    Now: I got the guy (just a different guy!), I went to college... but I didn't become a music teacher. My life was much different than I imagined it; I mean, the cancer alone was a shock. <br />
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    &gt; Do you drink/smoke?<br />
    Then: I was a teetotaler; I refused to drink/smoke anything.<br />
    Now: While I can't enjoy alcohol as much anymore, I do drink sometimes. I used to smoke cigars, but I gave it up because cancer. I do vape cannabis for pain. <br />
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    ... I think that's a good enough summary. So much of life happened in those 12 years. It's hard to even imagine how fast it all flew by.
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