Hi everyone I know from before, and everyone who's joined in the past couple of years. I've been absent for a while, life's been busy!! I've become a parent of sorts to an almost-7 year old, L. He's the son of my long-term partner, and I've been in his life for a long time now, so he christened me his "step-mum" a while ago (and has now listed the various step-relations between him and the rest of my family!). I didn't really imagine my first taste of parenthood being with a kid I met when he was 3, but I wouldn't have it any other way. It's funny, people describe the love that happens after giving birth to a child and how it comes on all of a sudden, and that's obviously not the way it works when you pick up parenthood gradually. But it feels like it's been such a natural process and I love him to the moon and back. It's been a learning curve but totally worth it! I also graduated from Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences in June. It was a massive achievement for me to get through the year, especially since my mum had cancer and I had psychiatric and other medical issues, but I did it. I'm now a fully-fledged working adult, sort of. I work for the university, in psychology research. It involves about 60% research work in the office and at home (reading/writing papers, doing stats, etc.) and 40% travelling to primary and secondary schools to work directly with children. I'm in educational neuroscience, looking at why some children feel really anxious about doing math and math-related subjects. It's good fun and been an amazing first full-time job. I'm hoping to get a similar post once my contract runs out in August (it was fixed-term for a year) and then apply for PhDs starting in the 2016-17 academic year. Having a job is great but I look forward to being (almost) totally self-directed again! Diabetes is hard but I'm plugging along. It's so funny how much L has picked up about it - he likes to test my blood sugar (basically just push the button on the multiclix) and guess what it's going to be. Occasionally he puts his candy in the cupboard with my low BG stuff in ("for your low blood sugar medicine"), which is very cute. And he says "you got very sick when you were 14 but then you got medicine and it made your glucose go into your cells for energy" which is really perfect! He loves science and is excited when I let him check his BG (every few months!). Here's a photo of me and L so you can all appreciate the cute I'd love some updates on how people here are doing, if you have time to reply!