Hi, we’re Billy and Kelly. We’re an average 20-something (for not much longer!) married couple who’ve relocated from the hustle and bustle of the big city to the more moderate pace of suburbia. Billy works as a technology consultant, and Kelly works with higher education. We bought our first house with a huge backyard (compared to city standards), and it has already proven to have enough nooks and crannies for our crazed two-year-old cat Pepper to hide.
Yep, our lives are pretty run-of-the-mill except for one thing: I (Kelly) have misophonia.
Most people don’t know about misophonia. I didn’t even know it was what I had until I was 23. Ever since I was 9 years old I can remember being bothered to the point of tears by noises. I just thought I was crazy, that I was a horrible person for not being able to handle the normal noises family or friends were making.
Misophonia is, from what audiologists and doctors can understand at this point, a neurological and physical disorder in which negative reactions are triggered by certain sounds. They say these noise triggers affect the limbic system in some way, involving our natural “fight or flight” instincts whenever a misophonia sufferer hears them.
Billy, thank God, understands this is a real struggle in my life. We have acknowledged misophonia will be a lifelong battle in our lives. Indeed it is a constant source of stress and anxiety at home, at work, and in social situations.
So we decided to share our story, from two perspectives. We’ll write about our first house together—all the struggles, projects and crafts that come with it—along with our adventures and our challenges. This blog won’t be specifically about misophonia, but we’re not going to shy away from it, either. After more than seven years together, we believe it’s possible to live full lives together and have misophonia. We hope our story will bring you inspiration, comfort, and a little joy.