I’m about as independent as they come. I’ve been through more obstacles in these past 8 years than most people experience in an entire lifetime. From Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to Melanoma (Skin Cancer) I’ve been dealt a difficult hand, but with the support of friends and family I keep on keepin’ on.
I still experience pain on a daily basis (24/7) which I’ve had for the past 8 years as a direct result from my Traumatic Brain Injury. This affects my ability to lead a “normal” life. A list of symptoms directly related to this invisible injury include:
- constant migraine-like headaches
- severe sharp stabbing pains throughout my entire body
- blurry vision/double vision/shaky vision
- random numbing of my body
- extreme light and sound sensitivities
- a weakened immune system (courtesy of the cancer as well)
- …and MANY others
Regardless of these health issues, I continue to defy what people with disabilities are capable of. The bottom line – I would rather be in pain outside in a beautiful place I adore than be in pain inside some stuffy hospital cooped up with leads attached like chains… so that’s exactly what I’m doing.
In less than 3 years I’ve logged over 10,000 miles exclusively while backpacking. Some of these trails include: Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, San Joaquin River Trail, Join Muir Trail, San Diego Trans County Trail, Ouachita Trail, and many other self-planned routes.
Come April 2017, I will become one of less than 10 people in the entire world to thru-hike the Great Himalaya Trail (High Route) in Nepal. This will be a self-supported trek. No sherpas or porters will be used. I will routinely be crossing passes of over 18,000 feet. My skill-set and backcountry knowledge are invaluable. I would never put myself in a situation I wasn’t entirely positive I could handle. I’m excited to be able to bring my readers the Himilaya Range! Subscribe to ensure you keep up with these monumental, world-class feats!
I decided to get people involved in my journey so everyone could share this experience with me. I want people to take life by the horns. To challenge “normal.” To defy the odds. To set a goal and go for it. You never know what lies around the corner, so live the life you have, while you have it!
I’ve decided that while I still have time here on this planet I’m going to follow my dreams. I’m going to LIVE my life. I want to inspire each of you to do what makes you happy. We are raised in a society that steers us away from happiness and into materialism. We chose jobs because of money. We have become so obsessed about our status that we have forgotten what truly matters. I encourage you to question. To change. To inspire.
I have moved away from the conventional pull and tug of our culture. I’m embarking on the journey of MY life. My way.
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