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.
I love traveling and meditation and dancing.
I say “dude” a lot for a girl.
Welcome to my blog! I’m Erin, I’m in my early 30’s, and up until 2013 my life purpose was globe trotting. A few bullet points from the last 10 years: I traipsed Latin America with only a backpack, and dined on octupus while the Galicia sea breeze tickled my skin. I hitchhiked in France and accepted rides (and stayed the night!) with strangers I met on buses in Colombia. I walked through Red Square in Moscow with amazement, and I searched for Nessie in Scotland.
This was my high. I was good at it, too. I was born to wander. I’m an explorer by nature and to be unleashed upon a foreign land is one of my greatest thrills.
Everything came to a screeching halt in April 2014, when I was diagnosed with Stage IV endometriosis via laparoscopy. I had a 7 hour laparotomy in July 14 to remove the endo nodules and unglue my organs from each other, and now I’m trying to figure out how to deal with this hand I’ve been dealt…because endo is forever. Like diamonds. I’ve been in chronic pain for the past 2 decades. I ignored it sometimes, and the other times I told myself that everyone else has chronic pain so it’s no big deal. Well, in 2014, it became so severe I couldn’t ignore it anymore, and I had to finally seek medical help. Imagine my surprise to be diagnosed with a chronic disease I’ve been carrying around since high school. There is no cure. The only thing to do with endo is try to control it through medication and diet. Keyword: try. Poor body.
What started out as a travel blog has twisted into a different journey – figuring out how to deal with this disease that affects the quality of my life every day. A disease that really interferes with my loves of traveling, meditation and dancing…
I refuse to give any of those things up. But now a new friend has shown up uninvited to the party, and I’m trying to sort out how to find an extra place mat so we all can fit at the table.
This blog is my ship, as I navigate the waters of my soul, trying to find my freedom and a way to have a normal life again.