About Me

 

 

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.
-Alan Keightley

Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina. 2006

Hello, lovely. Thanks for popping in.  I’m Erin.

Travel + storytelling were the bones for this blog, and my friends think I’m funny so that’s all the encouragement I need to keep going. I do love a good story.
(Good = scandalous)
I love travel too…but god doesn’t everyone? How boring. Here’s another thing I love: asking questions. I want to learn, grow, and know. I get my hands on you for any amount of time and we are diving deep into the story of your life. Intrusive? No. Curious! I’m an explorer, be it person or country, and this blog was intent on carrying you along for all my shenanigans (and opinions).

Well, all that fun came to a screeching halt in April 2014, when I was diagnosed with Stage IV endometriosis* via laparoscopy. 3 months later, I had a 7 hour laparotomy to remove the endo nodules and unglue my organs from each other. What I thought would “cure” me turned out to be Pandora’s Box.

 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, and it was the ultimate test of vulnerability by bringing people into the darkest bits of my life. But I did it anyway, 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

 

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21 Responses to About Me

  1. wickedmoxie says:

    OMG, sister from another mother, I thought I was the only one on the planet that dances just because I hear music, and trust me this can be a problem if the music I’m hearing can only be heard by yours truly… pfffft… ya’ know people simple can’t appreciate funny some times… 🙂

    Sounds like you had a blast at the wedding especially that whole casino part. So how much were you taken for, exactly? 😉

  2. George says:

    I want to leave some MEAN FEEDBACK… Just kidding 🙂

    I’ve enjoyed reading through your blog because of the great style and energy. I actually work for the CheapOair travel blog. If you’re interested, we would love to have you on as a guest blogger. Please send me an e-mail: gchristodoulou(at)cheapoair(dot)com, and I can give you more information. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  3. Good luck with all those travel dreams!

  4. Hi Erin,

    Great post on Today I drank wine out of a bowl! Please e-mail me at natdecants@nataliemaclean.com. It’s about wine of course 🙂

    Cheers,
    Natalie

  5. Craig Tobias says:

    Say not, “I have found the path of the soul.” Say rather, “I have found the soul walking upon my path.” For the soul walks upon all paths. The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed. The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.

  6. jmsabbagh says:

    Thank you for visiting my site.I wish that all your dreams and wishes come true.Best luck. Jalal Michael

  7. I edited a Magazine once called ‘The Unicorn’. When we were about to launch it my colleague and I were interviewed by BBC Radio and they asked us how we came up with the name.

    “I saw one once!” I proclaimed.

    That was the end of the interview.
    🙂

    • erinparker75 says:

      best magazine name, ever 🙂

      • adamberlin says:

        Erin,

        I just had a poem accepted about Pamplona’s running of the bulls, but they need a photo of the event–i don’t have one. I found your photo on google and was wondering if you have a good photo of the ring, the mayhem, something. I can send you the poem if that helps. And you’d get a photo cred if the journal takes the photo.

        Thanks,
        Adam
        adamberlin.com

      • erinparker75 says:

        just sent you an email

  8. Mrs R says:

    I suffer with endo too. Mine is very severe and has been giving me trouble for many years. I lose track of how many things I have missed out on because of it. Not to mention the days of school, college, uni, work. It’s a pig of a disease but its always nice to chat to fellow ladies with it. Nobody else can understand the pain it causes. I recently started a blog – myivfworld.wordpress.com
    xx

    • erinparker75 says:

      I’m so sorry to hear that. Have you had any surgeries?

      • Mrs R says:

        Hi
        Yes I have three operations in total. One was awful and I got a post operative infection so was ill for months. The most recent in 2013 was fine but I thank acupuncture, reflexology, arnica and plenty of positive thinking for that! x

  9. meowincat says:

    Hi Erin-
    I have endo (found in many places – mostly bowel related), my Dr’s are Mathias and Mangal. I’ve had 2 laps and a hyst. Thought I was cured. but then endo reared it’s ugly head again and said “muahaha I’m back!!” and tomorrow I’m driving 3+ hours to Houston to see Dr. Mangal again. for another surgery. sucks. But I was glad to find your blog – I’m not alone! 🙂

    • erinparker75 says:

      Oh my goodness! I can’t believe it came back again!!! Did he do another laparoscopy? Where did he find it this time? Please keep me posted! Fingers crossed that recovery goes well for you xxx

  10. Rrrc says:

    Just read your blog and wow! Hope you are doing better.! Am seeing Dr Mangal, can I email you with some questions ?

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