Hi, I’m Amanda! I suffer from debilitating chronic pain from a lack of ability to maintain proper collagen levels, lack of joint stability, and tendinosis. I have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), Psoriasis, Fibromyalgia, and hypermobile joints. Despite all of that fun stuff, I believe that when we learn to accept our limitations as opportunities and add important habits into our daily routine such as pacing, we can be unlimited in our ability to experience and enjoy life.
Part of the way I manage pain is with nature therapy. Living in the Pacific Northwest practically provides this for everyone’s backyard, and for that reason alone I don’t foresee myself ever leaving. Like any place though, being “trapped” can lead to frustration when you’re dealing with a chronic condition and want to get out and experience new sights and smells. In 2018 I discovered Bus Life, shortly followed by a purchase of a partially converted E350 short bus. My entire world was changed as I was able to travel with the comfort of a real bed. After several years of travel (ranging from weekends to six months at a time) and the conversion of our new bus Intrepidus, I have been to places I never knew existed, ate things I never thought I would, and enjoyed the true test of living in 100 square feet. Bus life has really driven home the idea that life is not only what you make it, but also that opportunities are everywhere. Sometimes it just takes a little extra inspiration to embrace them.
I write about my life and challenges with the hope that others can better embrace life on the road, and get out of the “boxed” lifestyle that society expects of us, and hopefully laugh with/at me as I try to navigate life with chronic illness.