I became a board game collector the results of a terrible divorce/custody war, my hopes were that I could use gaming to reconnect to my children. Unfortunately, that fell through because of my ex's instability towards me and the guilt she couldn't face over her choices that ended our marriage. I was able to use my collection by setting up a weekly board game night at a local group foster home that's purpose was to keep family units together after the children were removed from their parent’s care.
Late in 2014 I found out I had a bad heart which surgery couldn't repair and am currently medicated to keep my heart working as least stressful as possible. The medications don’t allow me to drive unless I postpone a dose and even then any physical activity like Dr's appointments or simple grocery shopping will wipe me out for two days. So I am disabled, knowing my heart is getting worse and there is nothing that can be done for it because I do not qualify for a transplant. Catch 22: I need a new heart to exercise to loose enough weight to qualify for a transplant, my cardiologist calls me a walking miracle.
In my case stress is a killer and I don’t get out unless absolutely necessary, so I don’t have a gaming group to utilize my collection. Even if I had one I am not sure if I could be an active part of it because I rarely can get more than 3-4 hours of sleep at a time unless I am totally worn out and exhausted, and it’s always at off times of the day. So I have started going through my collection and seeing what has little or no chance of ever being used and have utilized BGG's different opportunities to see if others can put my games to use: Secret Santa, Replacement Secret Santa, Year End Rummage Support Drive, Thrifting for You (even though I have never thrifted anything yet), and Games For Geek Gold. I spend many hours each day on BGG to keep my mind active even if my body is severely limited.
My greatest wish would be to reconnect with any of my kids now that most of them have become adults. Next to that I would like to be able to interact with others, especially other board gamers, so I am less depressed over my situation and can be less of a shut in.Update 12/11/15: Thank you Santa for the gifts you sent but more so for your letter. I cant really put in words how much participating in this years Secret Santa has done for me and a great part of that was from your words. If you accidentially outed yourself I would like to send a Christmas Card for you and your family. Thank you just doesnt seem good enough.Dec. 2016 Thank you BGG for the opportunity to be part of this year’s holiday celebration through this wonderful community and to have a chance to give back for all that I have gleaned from this site. I got to be a Secret Santa not once but twice as a replacement, I got caught up in the excitement of the year end drive by adding to the Rummage Drive and my own Secret Santa sent a heartfelt letter with the gifts he picked out and for what it is worth that letter had more of an impact on my wellbeing than anything else this season. And to top it off I have found G4GG and am finding homes for games I doubt will ever get to my table. So once again, Thank you so very much.