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My name is Nichole Castillo and that cute guy next to me is my husband, Angel Castillo. We have been married for 4 years! But, he has been my rock through it all. We met when we were in high school and I did not like him (he was way too confident for my taste and a bit too narcissistic). Our paths crossed again in college and somehow, against all odds, we fell for each other. We will soon have been together for 8 years. Little did Angel know that these years would be filled with craziness, all on my part!

I am diagnosed with Lupus (SLE), Sjogren’s Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder because as we all know, ya can’t just have one! The whole testing and diagnosing started when I was 12 years old and I had my period for three months straight! Since then, it has been a ride! I’ve tried all types of medications, I’ve tried no medications, I’ve tried yoga (yeah, they finally got to me!), and so much more! I look forward to sharing my experiences and ongoing journey with you all. Hopefully, you’ll be able to see my experience not just through my point of view, but from my husband, who is in great health. Happy reading and listening!

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Meet Juno!

Juno is our almost 3-year-old golden retriever (field golden), our baby, and the love of our life. Since we do not have kids, Juno has taken over that role quite happily. I have always loved dogs and always had one growing up, so it just made sense to me that I would have one as an adult. Angel, being the person he is, made sure to research EVERYTHING about dogs beforehand and decided that the best possible dog to get was a golden retriever. After looking for an ethical dog breeder and not finding one, we came across a breeder with two young goldens that were severely malnourished. We immediately let the authorities know and Juno and his sister were rescued. From then on, it was high living for Juno.

We trained him at Petsmart and made it through all the levels until we reached Therapy Dog level. He has yet to complete it due to my inconsistent health schedule, but he has not forgotten his training. He is incredibly attuned to our needs and spoiled like crazy. I would say that he is more attached to me as he spends his days with me, since I can’t work, and has been able to warn Angel of when I am going to have a seizure. Juno has also learned Deep Pressure Therapy which helps greatly when I have anxiety attacks. He just also happens to be the cutest pupper you’ll ever meet…not that I’m biased!

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