Alive and Ready for Launch!

It has been almost TWO WHOLE MONTHS since I’ve been able to blog. My husband has successfully (if painfully) torn open the guts of our computer and replaced the motherboard, all the little computer pieces are no longer strewn around the office, all is tucked back into the sleek black case. My fingers poise over the neglected keys, eager to compose web prose….

….and nothing. Nichts. Nada. I am frozen. So much to say after two months, tumbling around in my brain. It isn’t the lack of anything to say. My writer’s block apparently is a profusion of too many thoughts and unsure of how to begin!  So an awkward update to prime the pump. (I am spewing metaphors today. Sincere apologies.)

Summer is here in Wisconsin. I am actively pursuing my physical program to prepare for Iceland next year. I am walking 60 minutes four days a week and practicing basic yoga the remaining three days. Right now I feel fantastic. My daily pain seems to be drugged by all the endorphins from the exercise. At least this week, today, this moment in time. This is not always the case. Last week I struggled, muscles groping through sludge to move me through work, chores, life. Foggy brain. The typical fibro stuff. It’s those kind of weeks I have to force myself to keep with my exercise program.

I’m definitely not always consistent – half the time I am defeated by one longing look at my pillow. However, I have discovered I feel slightly better the next day when I push through the fog and pain to take my neighborhood walk. It’s a test of self-will and motivation. I mentally and sometimes audibly talk myself through each section of my walk. (The neighbors must wonder about my sanity behind closed doors.) I’ll focus on a tree, mailbox, or street sign further ahead as my goal (“You just need to make it to that fire hydrant. It’s not that far!”) Then I’ll focus on a new goal. I often self-talk myself all the way home. Other times I need a distraction – blood-boiling, foot-tapping, lift-the-roof-off-the-house happy music is the best medicine. Especially if I sing or hum along. (Again, I’m surprised the neighbors haven’t had me committed yet!)

Some travel plan updates: I will be leaving in a couple of weeks for my yearly pilgrimage to the Pacific Northwest. Ambitious plans this time: Seattle-area to visit my sisters, nieces and nephews, Vancouver as a graduation gift for my niece, and Portland for a friend’s wedding and visit with the parents. Already I have plans for fireworks in downtown Portland, driving up to Mt. St. Helens, and a road trip to the Oregon Coast. I also hope to soak up as much World Cup action as possible – the Northwest is rather soccer crazy and this former keeper has been counting down the days to the opening match in South Africa.

So stay tuned and don’t switch that dial – the Chronic Traveler is ready to launch!


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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2 Responses to Alive and Ready for Launch!

  1. Clady says:

    Good for you! I’m glad you got your computer problems fixed.

    Happy blogging!

  2. Tiff says:

    Welcome back to the blogging world! I am happy to hear you are doing great & I can’t wait to catch up in July! 🙂 L&L,Tiff

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