Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.
Hello, lovely. Thanks for popping in. I’m Erin.
This blog has evolved over the years. I originally starting writing to honor my two loves: travel + storytelling. Plus, my friends think I’m funny so that’s all the encouragement I need to keep going. I do love telling a good story.
I love travel too…but god doesn’t everyone? B-O-R-I-N-G. Here’s another thing I love: asking questions. With everything in life, I want to learn and grow. I get my hands on you for any amount of time and we are diving deep into the story of your life before you even know it. Intrusive? No! Curious. Interested. Engaged. I’m an explorer, be it person or country, and this blog was intent on carrying you along with me.
Well, all that fun came to a screeching halt in April 2014, when I was diagnosed with Stage IV endometriosis* via laparoscopy. Three months later, I had a 7 hour laparotomy to remove the endo and unglue my organs that were PISSED about being housed within a frozen pelvis. Unfortunately, what I thought would cure me turned out to be a Pandora’s Box of a nightmare, and was just the first step on my path to well-being.
This blog has twisted into a different journey – learning how to cope with this disease that affects the quality of my life, and serving as a refuge for other women suffering from endometriosis. When first diagnosed, I didn’t know much and there was nothing online to help. It was difficult to find credible information. So I did my own research, joined forums, interviewed people, ASKED QUESTIONS, and visited countless physicians and holistic healers. I recorded my appointments and took notes. #nerd. I wanted to understand everything that was happening to my body. I collected quite a bit of information, and, coupled with my own experiences, decided to do what I do best – make it a story. Some posts were humiliating to write, and it was the ultimate test of vulnerability to bring people into the darkest bits of my life. But I did it, because I don’t want to be ashamed of what my body does. Putting it all out there does something magical – it removes the stigma of embarrassing symptoms, and draws in women experiencing the same, giving us a safe place to land.
I wish I had known what was going to happen to me because of this disease and subsequent surgeries. I wish I had had better coping mechanisms for accepting what is no longer possible for me, and more preparation for the different way my life is going to look in the future. Maybe I can do that for you, if I’m lucky.
I post about the journey of my chronic pain, diagnosis, surgeries, procedures, doctor reviews, endo bellies, and other valuable information concerning the disease, but in a way that isn’t annoying. Please reach out if you have any questions about my posts, need some doctor/surgery advice, or just want to talk about endo in general. I LOVE helping!
*you may be asking, “what the hell is endometriosis?” if so, start here