In June 2013, I started feinting, a lot. Turning 46 the week before, I never would have guessed what was around the corner (or I might have changed my wish as I blew out the candles!)
After being in (and out) of various hospitals, and a imprisoned in a hospital bed for one month, I had a pacemaker inserted to help keep me on my feet.
Almost 1 year later, I still have no diagnosis, apart from a range of symptoms: orthostatic intolerance (my body can't stand standing up) bradycardia (slow heart rate), extremely low blood pressure and a host of other weird and wonderful minor symptoms that come and go.
Not being one to take things lying down (yes, pun intended), I decided to set myself a big, audacious, hairy goal - to trek the Camino de Santiago - "The Way".
It is a 776 km trek from St. Jean de Pied Port in France to Santiago de Compostella in Spain. As if that wasn't far enough, we (my partner and walking companion, Paul and I) decided to tack on an extra 89 km to finish the walk at Finnisterre (the Atlantic ocean).
So, in September 2014, I am about to trade my high heels for hiking boots and set off on the journey, with nothing but a handful of prescription drugs, my pacemaker and sheer determination to keep me on my feet (and of course, my partner Paul).
The goal - to raise awareness of Orthostatic Intolerance and funding for the Baker IDI who have been so supportive of me during my battle with this yet to be named health condition. The fundraising goal is $8,650. That's $10 for every kilometer of the trek.
Support us as we prepare and sweat it out on The Camino - we will be posting regular updates along the way.
The blog is coauthored by Paul and I.
Support the Baker IDI by donating funds and raising awareness of Orthostatic Intolerance so that more people can stay on their feet.