The Month Ahead

A quick update on this crazybusy month ahead. (Yes, “crazybusy” is a word and yes, I invented it!) I flipped from September to October in my calendar today and realized just how much I have to look forward to! This coming weekend I fly up to Anchorage, Alaska for a quick weekend hop to visit family. I’ll also be working the Wicked onsale in a couple weeks, then Mark and I fly off to Nevada for some desert hiking, petroglyphs, the neon-lit Las Vegas alternate reality, and a friend’s wedding. This month is going to fly by! I’ll try to chronicle as much of the journey as possible.

Also of note, it is official – I am traipsing off to Greenland and Iceland in 2011! Plane tickets are purchased. Let the planning and eager anticipation begin.

However, for now I really must get back to my regularly scheduled broadcast of cleaning the house….


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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