A VERY long time ago, I once had a life. I was always academically advanced, and dedicated to education. I graduated magna-cum-laude with a master's degree in special education, and taught for 16 years. Health problems forced me to retire sooner than I would have liked. After a few years I began volunteering with kids at summer camp and later elementary school. It was so much fun!!! Then last year it all came to a SCREECHING halt when dear old Aunty had her second stroke and it was determined that she couldn't be left alone. She refused outside caregivers so I was forced to give up everything and stay home with her. Now the only time I get to work with kids is in Sunday school. I am hoping things improve to the point where I can go back to working with kids at camp this summer (another regular job I've had for many years).And a social life is out of the question! ! I am reduced to social networking, phone calls, occasional visits by buddies, and MAYBE a chance to go to a church function if I can get a relief caregiver. I just feel that all the time I spent preparing for my "future" was a complete waste.