I'm Ericka. Single mama to Jackson (10) and Charlie (7), survivor of severe chronic pain, lesson sharer, life coach, lover of food and life.
I adore traveling and cannot wait to be healthy enough to see the world; starting here in my gorgeous state of Utah. I love reading, I will read a book about anything. I love writing and have discovered how truly cathartic it is for me to sit down and write my story. You can find some of my older posts here. (Or read my newest posts here.)
I have recently discovered I love photography. Shooting it. Perusing it. And learning all about it. I'm pretty laid back. I'm super sarcastic and love it when I can banter back and forth with fellow sarcastic types. I love to laugh and I'm just as good at laughing by myself as I am in groups of people.
After four long years of searching for answers to my chronic pain and health issues I have finally been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, fibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathy, leaky gut, depression, and connective tissue disorder. I am working hard at healing (not just the physical) by sticking to my protocol, working with my diet to keep inflammation and pain at bay, and giving myself permission to feel and go inward when things get a little tough.
During the time I was trying to figure out my body, I was also dealing with separation and divorce from an eleven year marriage. It was a time in my life when I honestly questioned if I would be able to withstand the pain-emotional as well as physical. There were days I didn't think I'd make it; where the pain felt like it was just too much. Those days, I literally just survived.
I'm happy to report that I did, in fact, make it. Not only did I make it, but I realized just how much strength and determination I have to beat this all consuming pain. I'm still in the process of making it. We take things one step at a time over here. Slow and steady, always wins the race. You can read more of my divorce story on my blog.
I believe everyone has a story worth sharing. I have found that by sharing my own story I have come to know parts of myself I never knew before. It's been an intense, painful, eye opening, beautiful, healing journey. One that I was meant to take. And I'm honored and proud to be able to share it with you.