I wanted to let you all know that my computer is currently dead... well, mostly dead. It is currently with someone who is trying to coax it to resurrect and surrender its files to me. In the meantime, the most essential documents and photos of my life are living on a flash drive, in a format that's not compatible with my husband's PC. Thus, it's going to be a few days before I'm able to post my PCT blogs again. Sorry!
I thought I'd take this opportunity to share a bit of what's been going on in my life. It's been a very strange several months. Zachary and I are living with my parents while we try to buy a house (we have a contract on one and have high hopes for being able to actually buy it). The physical toll of the PCT caught up with me in a big way a few months ago, and I ended up in the doctor's office after I started having panic attacks, exhaustion, sobbing breakdowns, extreme brain fog, and two-hour naps every single day. (If I wanted that, I would've gone and hiked the PCT again!) One and a half months of extremely strict dieting and a lot of herbal supplements later, I'm still not 100%, but I'm doing a lot better. But having my strength and sanity fall apart like that was pretty scary.
To be honest, one of the most consistent bright spots in my life the past few months has been posting to this blog. Sharing stories is therapeutic to me, and knowing that there are people "listening" has kept me focused on it, and motivated to keep writing my memoir even when doing any other task seemed insurmountably stressful. So thank you all. Thank you for helping keep me going when I felt like I couldn't take one more step.
In the meantime, I hope my computer is fixed soon, and I hope you all have a lovely day. Cheers!
~Lisa, The Mandolin