With all the different avenues of sharing one’s life, whether it’s through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc., it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Top that off with the continuous pressures to do and be better… what happens when you can’t keep up – physically?
The struggle is real.
My name is Alexia, and if you’re reading this, it’s truly great to meet you! Currently living and working in San Francisco, I wanted to create a relatable space that not only inspires others, but also motivates myself.
In 2010, I was diagnosed with Popliteal Artery Entrapment Syndrome (PAES for short), and had gone through with what I thought was a successful leg surgery. Unfortunately for me, in the thick of my prime, some intense pain has crept back in. I am now also diagnosed with Anterior Compartment Syndrome. It has been a few years since my symptoms have reappeared, and it has taken more surgeries, countless tests and dozens of opinions from a variety of doctors and specialists to lead me to share my story.
No, I’m not cured yet, but am hopefully getting close! Until that time comes, I’m in desperate need of an outlet and a broader support system that hopefully consists of you and any other kind reader that makes their way here.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with PAES or Compartment Syndrome, you’re in luck! Some light reading and fun facts can be found here.
As for my personal progress, I’m unable to walk or stand for long periods of time (think 5 minutes MAX). My ability to be active has slowly deteriorated over the years, and as my upkeep on those popular social media outlets dwindles due to my physical inactivity, this blog is my last resort to stay mentally motivated and positive. I’m hoping that this digital outlet not only kicks these stir crazy feelings to the curb, but that it also holds me accountable to keep moving forward.
I truly hope you enjoy my travel stories from the past, present and (hopefully) future, along with a local’s perspective of the best things to do in the Bay Area. Also as you read through my stories, please feel free to share some kind words of encouragement for myself and others that are struggling to find the right treatment. Whether it’s also for PAES and compartment syndrome or for another debilitating ailment, having a strong support system is critical to not giving up.
Looking forward to sharing my excursions with you! Thanks for reading.