Remember how I posted about my battle with gastroparesis back in June? Well, I'm thrilled to say I've fully recovered! At my lowest weight this summer, I was 86 pounds. My digestive system rejected everything I ate. The most frightening point for me was when my primary physician suggested hospitalization and feeding tubes. I wanted nothing more than to get better. Miraculously, that's exactly what happened. After a medication change in July, my appetite started to increase. Now, at an unbelievable 118 pounds, I'm alive and kicking!
Some other things have changed since my blogging hiatus. I'm now a temporary resident of Seattle, Washington. I've lived in a duplex in North Seattle for about six weeks now, and I absolutely love the Pacific Northwest. It's a beautiful corner of the United States, and I'm incredibly grateful for this opportunity.
What am I doing in Seattle, you ask? Well, my visit back in January left me with a very specific case of wanderlust. I was curious about Washington and what it would be like to move 3,000 miles away from my hometown. In April, I decided I was going to make that dream a reality by the end of the summer. Fortunately, my health started improving in August, so I was able to make the plunge right on time! I'm currently living with my friend Michael, and we've been taking full advantage of residing in the same city after five years of a long distance friendship.
I haven't yet decided how long my stay in Seattle will be. Since I didn't drive my car out here, I can easily fly back to Virginia whenever I want. I may end up staying home when I travel back for Christmas, or I may come back to Seattle and explore the Pacific Northwest for a few more months. It's difficult being so far away from Kyle (my boyfriend), my family, and my friends, but I know this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so I'm trying to soak it all in while I can.
The last thing that's changed since I disappeared from the web is my employment status. When my health began to deteriorate this spring, I dropped down to part-time hours with my company. Now that I'm feeling better, I'm job hunting for a full-time job in my field! Since I've been working with digital media and online marketing for the last two years, that's what I'm hoping to do in the near future. I'm looking for another virtual position so I can continue working from home and traveling as often as possible.
So, there you have it! I'm ecstatic to be blogging again, and I can't wait to post about all the fun things I've been doing in Washington.