All about Just Carina
My name is Carina...

Born and raised in Colorado, I grew up outdoors.  My father was a private investor in the stock market and my step-father (or my second dad) was an attorney.  Both graduated college, one graduated Michigan State then went on to receive his Masters in Economics from Columbia and the other earned his law degree.  My mother was an English teacher and received her college degree when only 10% of women graduated college!

 

I graduated high school and went straight to college.  I attended several different colleges, traveled the country, and earned several different degrees.  Eventually, I settled down in Colorado working as a CPA firm as an auditor.  I raised my beautiful children and enjoyed the outdoor life.

As the recession hit in the mid-2000s, I moved my family to the mid-west for better economic opportunities.  I had a wonderful photography business and things were good, until, my health turned for the worse and became a challenge.  My whole world turned upside down.  

This is my story.....

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Life Changes

After a week trip to camping in Yellowstone with my kids, I started experiencing horrible breathing problems which lead me straight to the hospital for a little mini-mom vaca in the worse way.  

 

Fast forward a year, I finally got to the bottom of my lung issues.  My husband and I flew all over the country seeing several different specialists and had multiple of tests done. I am officially diagnosed with Bronchiectasis.  We are still trying to determine why I have this lung disease with DNA testing.  

I am only one bad lung infection away from being put on a lung transplant list, so my health is paramount.  AND as if that wasn't enough, during my travels and testing, I discovered I am high risk for pancreatic cancer.  So, now I have two "high maintenance" organs I have to keep happy and healthy.  What does this all mean?  I don't like smoking, people who are sick or having to do breathing therapy treatments twice a day.

Taking a moment on the beach
Looking Forward

That brings me to the here and now.  I have made choices to minimize my exposure to anything that may cause my lungs to get irritated and my pancreas happy.  That brings me to this wonderful COVID-19 pandemic.  I was in isolation for almost a whole year without leaving my little bubble.  Yes, I went outside and on car rides, even tried to go shopping.  During this time, my health continues to deteriorate slowly.  But, I started trying to keep myself busy with my old habit of video games.  Yep, I am a 50+ yr old gamer.  

My love for electronics, video games, and being forced into no socialization turned me into a video game streamer!  Oh, and an Amazon junkie.  That's me!  And here I will document some of those moments, and the things I love!

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