Behind the Freckles

In a nutshell

Hates wearing pants. Favorite pastime is comforting dogs during thunderstorms. Kicked endometriosis in the ass this year. Prefers books over reality. Floral enthusiast. Gardens a lot – sans pants @TheHaffeysGarden.

Not in a nutshell

For the last three years I have been in a tough battle with chronic pain from Stage IV endometriosis and interstitial cystitis. Life after college was starting out just as anyone else’s might until chronic illness turned my life upside down. A lot of plans had to change and many dreams were put on the back burner while working towards a diagnosis.

There is no doubt that the last few years have been the hardest times of my life, but I wouldn’t change any of it.  Through these hardships I have reaped so many benefits: how to find joy in pain, what it truly means to love unconditionally, how to be present, and an appreciation for the little things in life.  Through all the mess there were some amazing milestones that took over the spotlight, like my best friend Hayden proposing to me this June.  I even discovered a love for gardening and floral design – who woulda thought?  And now, as I recover from my second endometriosis surgery – excision surgery – and a hip surgery (no, not a joke) I know that more wonderful things await us!

As of now, this is a space for me to spread awareness about endometriosis, random epiphanies and new happenings in my life.  I don’t believe that creativity can be forced so I don’t post on a regular basis, only when I’m feeling inspired or strongly about something.

If you’re into all that, follow along!