Kelley & me Aug. 2004
My name is Cheryl Bradley. I am 32 years old and live in La Porte, TX. I have an undergraduate degree in microbiology & a graduate degree in Cell & Molecular Biology, but at present, I am a SAHM to my 2 year old daughter, Tessa. I have been married to my husband for 5 years.
This blog is my first attempt at blogging, about life in general, some blog giveaways and parenting & mental health. I am passionate about extended breastfeeding and attachment parenting. I also love to read & work out. I have dealt with depression in some form for as long as I can remember (there does seem to be a genetic element in my case) and while I was in college, an eating disorder (anorexia & compulsive exercise). I have been recovered from the ED for nearly 10 years now (save some negative thinking patterns that are still remnants of it). I don't know if it is possible for me to ever be 100% free of ED thinking, but I have been recovered in actions at least since 2001. I also suffer from anxiety & panic disorder, which came on around the time I weaned off Effexor and has not gone away. Currently, I take Cymbalta for depression (yes, I know, too new to be approved for breastfeeding but I felt the benefits outweighed the risks and my daughter was older by the time I started it), Xanax as needed for severe anxiety & panic attacks, and Trazodone for sleep. I have been on a lot of different meds over the years but seem most stable on this combo.
My husband is currently unemployed. He had been working for a start-up company & the investors didn't have the money to re-invest after the last year. He and most of the employees but one were let go. He is a Ph.D. Physical Chemist, got his doctorate from Rice University under a Nobel-prize winning professor (Dr. Rick Smalley) and still he can't find work. This economic situation is beyond frustrating.