Audrey

27 years old
Female
from Rhode Island

  • Activity

    • Might as well, yeah?

      10 months ago

      Audrey

      https://audreytcarroll.sarahah.com/

      I've been hitting up other people's when I've seen them on Twitter. It's like sneaky warm fuzzies!   kissing_heart

    • Ready for the Semester to End

      1 year ago

      Audrey

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      Started the morning (post-Lucky Charms) by downloading student papers to grade later. Then I decided to work on my Shakespeare final paper outline and annotated bibliography, and somehow I ended up looking at baby clothes on Amazon.


      So that's where I am mentally at the moment.

    • My Favorite Books

      1 year ago

      Audrey

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      What are your favorites? Any on this list that you'd give a try?  books

    • My Current Novel

      1 year ago

      Audrey

      Curious about my current novel? I have some pictures to show you!

    • Baby Shower Excitement

      1 year ago

      Audrey

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      Today I received the dress, shrug, and shoes that I'm going to wear to my baby shower in 2ish months. I'm totally in love with all of it. Comfortable and pretty and makes me even more excited for the shower. I have two countdowns to my due date (June 25th). I get Parents.com emails, which tell me that there's 104 days left, and the countdown on my Amazon baby registry, which tells me there's 15 weeks left. The second half of pregnancy (at least since the debilitating morning sickness stopped/the baby kicking started) is flying the fuck by. I love my little acorn squash and I'm looking forward to meeting them, but it's all really wild and surreal to me, honestly. I've just been very focused on surviving this semester (taking two PhD classes, teaching two classes) and trying to get work done on my writing and it's a lot to handle. I'm happy, I'm excited, and I'm just a twinge stunned by everything happening right now.  simple_smile

    • If You Like Comics...

      1 year ago

      Audrey

      Check out my blog post from today!

    • One Year Since Diagnosis

      1 year ago

      Audrey

      One year ago today I was diagnosed (albeit tentatively) with fibromyalgia.


      Prepare for a long post.


      Many people don't know about fibromyalgia beyond hearing it mentioned on some medication commercials. I know I sure had no idea what it meant. Did you know, for instance, that 5 million American adults alone are affected by this chronic disease, or that 80-90% of those people are women? (https://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/Fibromyalgia/fibromyalgia_ff.asp)


      For me, fibromyalgia looks like: dizziness, chronic pain (especially in trigger/tender points like hips, back of neck, etc.), burning sensations, tingling, "fibro fog" (which affects memory/ability to concentrate), need for mobility assistance when walking any more than just around the apartment or when standing for a while (i.e. my cane), chronic fatigue, exhaustion, trouble staying asleep, nausea, light sensitivity, anxiety, and depression. (To name a few symptoms.)


      Those with anxiety and/or depression are more likely to have fibromyalgia, as well as those who were abused as a child or adolescent. The first two questions the neurologist asked me confirmed that I had all of the above, which set him on the track to test for trigger/tender points. (http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20345635,00.html) They're not sure what the exact cause of the disease is, though recent theories have included the way the brain is wired during childhood and adolescence due to abuse, or chronic sleep deprivation, or a genetic predisposition. Hell, maybe it's a combination of all three. There is currently no cure, but certain medications and home remedies can be combined to help ease the symptoms. I'm lucky enough to be on Gabapentin, which alleviates much of the trouble associated with my condition. My disability is a fact of my life, but management is such a relief. I'm lucky, too, in that my pregnancy has gone so well even with a reduction in my medication to keep my baby as unexposed to medication as possible. Many women's symptoms worsen during pregnancy, and it was definitely a concern of mine.


      I first showed symptoms on October 24th, 2015--the day I woke up to take the GRE Lit exam to apply to PhD programs. Many go undiagnosed for months or years because fibromyalgia can seem like other diseases, or because doctors don't believe that the symptoms warrant further investigation. (Often, a disbelief in female pain/the severity of female pain has been cited as one reason doctors don't investigate further.) In my experience, I had doctors insist I was pregnant (a full year before that would be a reality), insist that it was "just" my anxiety/depression, and insist that I just needed to go out for coffee and not be so stressed. Clearly, though, there was something real and physical at work beyond my usual difficulties with stress and mental illness. (Also, can I just say--having been pregnant now, the symptoms I experienced early on in fibromyalgia, like dizziness and memory issues, were nothing like my early pregnancy symptoms. Just as a point of clarification.)


      All of this to say: I'm so happy, one year on, that the medication has mostly kept fibro flare-ups at bay, that I'm able to manage (granted, with the help of a cane and medication), and that I'm able to be pregnant without sacrificing my health. If you don't know about fibromyalgia, I hope that this has illuminated one person's experience with the condition. Please feel encouraged to do further research and learn more. May 12th, for instance, is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.


      And how can you support someone you know with fibromyalgia? Believe them. Listen to them. Acknowledge that some days, or most days, or all days will have limits for them, and that those limits will fluctuate depending on the demands of their body. And help others understand that this condition is real and chronic and that there's no "fix" for it in the foreseeable future.


      My original post about my diagnosis: http://roosterteeth.com/post/51202503


      ETA: Also relevant: One of the ways I dealt with not having a diagnosis, and then the diagnosis itself, was writing poetry: http://www.lunalunamagazine.com/blog/poetry-by-audrey-t-carroll

    • It's Time!

      1 year ago

      Audrey

      We'll be here: https://www.twitch.tv/gingerninjaaud

      You should be too.

      T-minus 90 minutes 'til the shenanigans begin.

      We're going 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. CT (aka Rooster Teeth time).

  • Comments (435)

    • Tillyisfat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      Thank you for the Warm Fuzzy <333 You're honestly the nicest person I've met on this website, I'm saying that in all honesty. Have a lovely Valentines Day Audrey!

    • EllDunc FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Nakey Sheep

      3 years ago

      We've never really spoke but I admire all your hard work and dedication towards this community. It really is a better place with your efforts. Keep doing you smiley1.gifsmiley12.gif

    • CanOWoopMeta

      3 years ago

      Happy Valentines Day! I don't know if you started this, but it is a great idea! :D

    • zeeazn5525 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Free Turtle Hugs

      3 years ago

      Thank you for all that you do for the community, despite your busy schedules :) You're a real inspiration to me and I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's day smiley12.gif

      (P.S. I think you're going to make a gorgeous bride smiley1.gif )

    • Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      3 years ago

      Warm Fuzzies Day~!
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      Enjoy!!

    • rachyrock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Goddess of Noms

      3 years ago

      Happy Warm Fuzzies Day, Audrey! I hope you've had some time today to really treat yourself and indulge in all the warm fuzzies. Your spirit is so gentle, and you really are so very caring for the community. Thanks for making me feel loved and like a member of the RT family! Your work (and everyone else's) on the Spread the Love page reminds me to keep a positive outlook everyday. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! smiley13.gifsmiley12.gif

    • EdEddNEddy

      3 years ago

      Happy Warm Fuzzies day, thanks for all the great things you do in the community!

    • HeLiam FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      Hey smiley0.gif Warm fuzzy inbound!

      I just wanted to say that your kindness is an absolute inspiration, you're always on the look out for ways to make the world a better place, may it be through spread the love, the list, community means you are never alone, or even just your journals.

      You're completely awesome!

    • Stanty16 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Graphics guy

      3 years ago

      Hey Audrey,

      You do so much within this community, it is obvious that you genuinely care about us all. Thank you for the effort you put in to make sure no one struggles alone! You are the definition of what makes a "Community"

    • Nabohs FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold We Want The Funk

      3 years ago

      Audrey!

      Thank you for always being there! I may have not come up to you personally about any problems I may have, but your journals always seem to help out whenever I need it. I'm glad I meth you through this wonderful community, and I can't wait to finally meet you during RTX! smiley12.gifsmiley13.gif

    • JessVP

      3 years ago

      HAPPY VALENTINES DAY smiley11.gif
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      I'm so glad that I got to meet you last summer! You are such an amazing person <3 I definitely can't wait to see you this RTX!

    • JakeHCoker

      3 years ago

      Thanks Audrey, I can't wait for next month! Happy Valentines Day and all of the warm fuzzies!

    • ErinM

      3 years ago

      Audrey, you were one of the first people I started watching here. I know we haven't talked much, but I relate so much to everything you write, and I truly admire how you're able to rally everyone here with positivity and kindness. Warm Fuzzies Day is an amazing idea, and I'm glad to be a part of it. Thank you for all you do, and for being an inspiration to me as to what kind of role I'd like to play in the community. smiley1.gif

    • KVN Loading...

      3 years ago

      Audreyyyyyy!

      You are absolutely one of the most selfless people I've had the pleasure of interacting with. You do so much for and give so much time to the community, all to make it a more inviting, loving, and accepting place. Thank you for being so amazing. Hope to see you at RTX this year! smiley13.gif

    • HarryGoodair Part Time Alcoholic

      3 years ago

      Audrey. Awesome Audrey. You work incredibly hard. You write, you teach, and you help spread untold amounts of awesomness and joy throughout the community. You rock, don't forget that smiley12.gif

    • MLong87

      3 years ago

      Sending Warm Fuzzies across the Atlantic to you. Thank you for being awesome and for everything you do for the community. I'm glad to be a part of it knowing there are people like you kicking about.
      Enjoy the rest of your weekend smiley0.gif

    • bystanders FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Cool Bean

      3 years ago

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      Hey! Happy Warm and Fuzzies day! It's rad to consider you a friend, and your pretty cool for doing all the cool things you do for the community! I hope to see you again at RTX! I hope you have an amazing day, Audrey! smiley12.gifsmiley13.gif

    • KistyNocturn FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gaming Cat Girl

      3 years ago

      You get a special *GLOMP HUG* from me, for being so awesome, amazing and loving. Thank you for being so cool, and creating so many projects full of love and hope for those that need it. I sniffled more then once today, Valentines isn't usually something I celebrate but you inspired me embrace it, and share the love.

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    • Gody117 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Nick

      3 years ago

      Thanks for everything you've done in the community, you are amazing!
      #Respect
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    • StryfeRyder FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      Happy warm and fuzzies day! I hope you have a great one. I really appreciate all the positivity you bring into the community.

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    • Felix NXT RPRT

      3 years ago

      Incoming Warm Fuzzy

      Thank you for being a friend
      Traveled down the road and back again
      Your heart is true you're a pal and a confidant.

      And if you threw a party
      Invited everyone you ever knew
      You would see the biggest gift would be from me
      And the card attached would say thank you for being a friend!!!


      You made this infection of Warm Fuzziness happen, you are witnessing what true power is and you wielded it wisely :)

    • sneedse

      3 years ago

      Trying to keep up with you alone is exhausting! You are incredible with all your projects and help and support of others projects and streams and make this community the great place it is. A total inspiration to get out there and work/help on some projects myself. Happy Warm Fuzzies day! smiley12.gif

      Oh, and of course. Thank you for Never Forgetting to be Awesome!

      Post edited 2/14/15 11:57AM

    • CtheReason

      3 years ago

      Happy Valentine's Day!
      I just want to say thanks for the help getting through the last few weeks and for everything you do for this group of people/community/family.
      I hope you have an awesome day!
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      And I'm sure you're already busy doing so but go spread those Warm Fuzzies

    • ninjacake FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Senzu Bean!!!

      3 years ago

      I admire all the proactive things you do to make this a better place. I don't even think I will be able to get to everyone I want with these, but I definitely needed to say something to you. It's been pretty rad just taking a part of some of what you do here and you deserve all the respect!
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    • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

      3 years ago

      You are also totally awesome

    • LadyOddDuck

      3 years ago

      Happy Valentine's Day, Audrey! You are a fantastic leader in this community and you do so much to keep everyone so positive. Thank you for allowing me to be an admin in Spread the Love. I've had a fantastic time.

      This comment brought to you by the Warm Fuzzies Project. Now go spread the love. smiley12.gif

    • Vicky

      3 years ago

      Happy Valentines day you beautiful person I love you and your warm fuzzies smiley12.gifsmiley12.gif

    • rellis10 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Saving Tigers, Killing B

      3 years ago

      Returning the Warm Fuzzies because you are an amazingly good-hearted person with a drive and determination to help people and spread happiness. There need to be more people like you in the world.

    • Thom

      3 years ago

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      Happy Warm Fuzzies Day, Audrey. Have a stupendous day, and thank you for running this even again.

    • Cointoss250 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Heads or Tails

      3 years ago

      Hi Audrey, Thank you so much for being there for me during the times I needed someone to talk to. You are Amazing and so caring. smiley1.gifsmiley12.gif
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      Keep being Aweomse. smiley1.gifsmiley12.gif

    • SparkyDJM1

      3 years ago

      Hey Audrey!

      I'm really glad I met you recently because you do so much for the community and it's always inspring to hear about what you're doing. I'm so happy that we're friends and I know I can talk to you about anything.

      Happy Valentines Day! smiley12.gif
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    • Hook FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold er

      3 years ago

      Aud-Dawg, for the awesome things you've done for this awesome community, the inspiration you've been for so many, have an awesome valentines day smiley12.gifsmiley0.gif

    • MogarVGC FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      Audrey!

      You're an amazing and an inspirational person!

      Happy Valentines Day! smiley12.gif

    • KamakaziNES FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold SaneAdjacent

      3 years ago

      You are truly an inspiration! It always tires me out and motivates me in equal measure whenever I read about all you do. You kick serious ass!

    • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

      3 years ago

      Audrey, my darling, our glorious leader.

      Once again, thank you for including me in your groups, projects and other things, like just being around and open to listening to my ideas.

      I appreciate everything you do around here, and the clear and apparent way you write your posts.

      Thanks for being around, and I shouldn't need to say this to you of all people, but keep spreading the love and inspiring everyone.

      <3

    • NealMcNeal FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Real Deal

      3 years ago

      Audrey! You are simply awesome! You are the fearless leader of Spread the Love, you do so many awesome and wonderful community projects, it is insane! Your love for Supernatural is strong, and I love that! I seriously hope that we can get to hang out this summer at RTX! I hope you have a fabulous Valentines Day! smiley0.gifsmiley12.gifsmiley13.gif

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    • caboosegi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Toast

      3 years ago

      Hey Audrey! You're a great, wonderful and awesome person, and one of the people I admire most in this community. Thank you for creating Spread The Love because it's something I look forward to everyday, to just look at the newest post(s) and smile. It makes my day. So thank you and keep being awesome

      • caboosegi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Toast

        3 years ago

        PS
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    • Raf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Raf

      3 years ago

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      Where do I begin with you, Audrey? You are a beautiful person. You have many leadership skills which I admire, and you never settle for less than the best. You are strong and relentless. You're someone who I've really grown to admire in this community. Thank you for the friendship, the awesome projects, the awesome chats, and for continuously driving this community forward. You're our guiding light when the night is darkest. Thank you for everything!

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    • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian Emeritus

      3 years ago

      As it is technically the 14th, you can enjoy your Valentine's Warm Fuzzies now!

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      Happy Warm and Fuzzies to our favorite Spirit of Compassion in the Community!

      Your Neighborhood RT Community Economist:
      -James

    • pennypanda

      3 years ago

      You are such an amazing person, the support and love you provide for everyone in the community is truly awe inspiring. I hope you have a very warm and fuzzy Valentine's Day, Audrey!!
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    • 03k64firefly Big Damn Hero

      3 years ago

      A Warm Fuzzy for you!

      You are awesome for starting the Warm Fuzzies. It's a brilliant idea.

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      • Audrey

        3 years ago

        Thank you. smiley12.gif

        This made me smile. That looks just like my cat. It's a little scary. Haha.

    • Dane FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      Word on the street is you just won some ind of writing contest. Congrats smiley0.gif I saw one of your journals about your process and you obviously work hard. So that's even better!

      • Audrey

        3 years ago

        Thanks so much! It was a total shock to me, not gonna lie. Haha. smiley0.gif

    • Stephen

      3 years ago

      Thank you for the list. As someone that feels a little out of the community, it's great to know that there's support for everyone. Knowing that alone helps.

      • Audrey

        3 years ago

        I'm so, so glad. smiley12.gif

    • Carramch FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x3

      3 years ago

      You are really good at being you, especially today. Keep it up.

      • Audrey

        3 years ago

        Thank you. I hope I'm at least of some help. smiley12.gif

    • Giries FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold PA Guardian

      3 years ago

      I dont know why I didnt have you as friend before. You're an awesome person smiley13.gif

      • Audrey

        3 years ago

        Aww, thank you. I totally thought we were already friends. smiley1.gif

    • centurionmac FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      Hey Audrey! I know it's early, but I like to be a trendsetter and send some warm fuzzies your way. You've done an amazing job with the community with everything you've done. With so much negativity going on with the internet lately, it is rather refreshing to see someone actually working towards doing some good. Thank you for that. You're a beacon of light in the fog.

      Also, since I must have missed the boat somewhere (because I'm out of every loop imaginable), I would be more than willing to be on The List. Also, I like the idea that there are thousands of lists, but your list is THE List. Makes it sounds like an awesome movie.

      • Audrey

        3 years ago

        Thank you. You're too sweet. smiley12.gif

    • Npriorprior

      3 years ago

      I totally forgot!!!!! I would be honored if you could put me on the list!!!! smiley12.gifsmiley12.gifsmiley12.gif

      • Npriorprior

        3 years ago

        Hehe, nope!!!

      • Audrey

        3 years ago

        Huh. Didn't realize you weren't on the list!

    • LillyBugLove

      3 years ago

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    • bystanders FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Cool Bean

      3 years ago

      Hope you have(/had) a lovely birthday Audrey! smiley12.gifsmiley13.gif

      • Audrey

        3 years ago

        Thank you! smiley12.gif

    • Raf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Raf

      3 years ago

      Hey, Audrey! Just wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday! Hope you had an amazing day! smiley13.gifsmiley13.gifsmiley13.gifsmiley13.gif

      • Audrey

        3 years ago

        I did! Thank you much! smiley12.gif

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