Who are you? My name is Krystyn and I am a “thirty-something” living in Upstate NY. For the past 7 ½ years I have been working as medical educator in the field of addiction. I recently completed my Ph.D. in Behavioral Medicine. I also have B.A. in General Psychology and a M.A in Community Psychology.
How would you describe yourself? I would describe myself as an obsessive compulsive perfectionist who can’t sit still. I have a very comical attitude towards life. As a teenager, I started using humor to deal with the unpleasant aspects of life. I always say, “if I don’t laugh, I will cry.” I also have a secret fantasy of being a stand-up comedian. When I was 12, I wrote a letter to Lorne Michaels, the producer of Saturday Night Live, and asked him to be on the show. Obviously, it didn't work out for me.
How would others describe you? Probably very similar to how I describe myself. In addition they would probably say that I am witty, honest (which isn’t always a good thing), loyal, and kind-hearted.
Who was the most important person/people in your life? This one is easy. My grandparents who I called Babci and Dziadziu (Polish) had the greatest influence on my life. They taught me how to love, how to do for others and the community, and that the only way to get what you want out of life is to work hard and never give up. Even though they are no longer on this earth, they will always be in my heart.
What was the happiest moment of your life? The saddest? The happiest moment in my life is when I walked across the stage when I graduated with my undergraduate degree. I had a rough start in life and I never thought it was possible for me to be successful. The saddest day is the day I lost my grandparents. Babci and Dziadziu lived very full lives (95 and 91 respectively) but the day they died, a piece of me died too.
Who has been the kindest to you in your life? Definitely my husband! As many will say, he is a saint. I will admit that I am not an easy person to live with. I always imagined myself growing old alone as a cat hoarder (just kidding.) I never in a million years thought that I would find someone like him. He accepts me, he encourages me, he believes in me, and most importantly, he loves me for who I am.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life? Never give up. Despite popular belief, your life is what you make of it. If there is something about it that you don’t like, then change it!