Almost to Liftoff!

2 more days.

I am so excited, I cannot even think of a theme to write about in this post! I am having trouble sleeping, concentrating, doing basic chores like cooking and gardening. I think I’m mentally already in Europe.

I’m in the midst of last-minute tasks. Teaching my husband how to care for the garden and houseplants, packing and re-packing as I edit out items to make my backpack lighter, reassuring the cats who seem to know something’s up, and eating up all the food in the fridge that I know my husband won’t touch in the 5 weeks I’m gone.  I even deep-cleaned the house yesterday, since this is realistically the last time it will be vacuumed in almost 2 months.

I feel good – my body is at its normal level of achiness, but nothing unbearable. I don’t even think I’m stressed – I feel like I’m on vacation already. Right now my biggest worry is whether I’m packing too many books for the flight. I feel confident and clear-headed. No fibro-fog!

This is my last post before I fly to Europe. To everyone who has encouraged me in the past year as I’ve prepared for this life-changing journey – THANK YOU!

I’ll see you in Venice!

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About chronictraveler

Chronic Traveler starts as a dream, one that I thought I had lost, but that has slowly changed into a mission to realize and live that dream every day. In December 2007 I became seriously ill and the doctors did not know what was causing my illness. I had to stop teaching as my life tumbled into a never-ending nightmare of doctors, hospitals and tests. Finally, in May 2008 I was diagnosed with a chronic condition - fibromyalgia. I was only 26 years old at the time. I have had to give up teaching, and now work part-time at a performing arts center as I learn how to manage my condition and improve my quality of life. What helped me through the months of uncertainty and sickness, and continues to inspire me, was a new focus on what truly mattered to me: family, friends, gardening, the arts, and especially travel. I have always fed my soul by traveling, ever since I first stepped off the plane at age 16 in Kathmandu, Nepal to help with an orphanage's building project. Meeting new people and experiencing how they live and how they view the world infuses my life with a richness I was so afraid I would lose when the doctor first said, "You have fibromyalgia". This blog is my story, as I begin to forge a new path. I am embracing my life as it is, with the fibromyalgia pain and fatigue, and learning to do what I love regardless. It may mean I have to go slower and take more naps or breaks! But I am determined to learn how to travel and experience the world, and hopefully what I learn will help others like me who believe their medical condition stands in the way of their travel dreams.
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