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My name's Branwen and I'm an avid traveler who's been to 35+ locations worldwide since I was born. The reason the name of this blog is "Chronic Wandering" is that I have an undiagnosed chronic condition, but I still try to explore anywhere I can, when I can, hence the "wandering."
It was about 5 years ago that my life changed.
The first semester of my college career, after being healthy for 18 years - I got mononucleosis and things kind of took a turn. For some people, mono is miserable for a bit and then everything's fine, but for others - it's not... like it was for me.
On January 24, 2014, I felt a huge jolt in my side, and since that exact moment, I haven't lived a day free from pain since. The rest of my second semester of college I spent in and out of the emergency room. Every week, multiple times a week. I wasn't able to keep food down because of this intense pain on my right side and no doctor could tell me why (and still can't).
During my first year of college, I had to drop out of international university trips including a volunteer project in Mexico, Birthright in Israel, and studying abroad in Australia in a matter of months. I was devastated and even more so because I had no answers.
6 years later, I still don't have a diagnosis.
6 years later though, I can keep food down again (big win!), but my pain has steadily grown worse and spread throughout my right side, which does make it incredibly difficult to be mobile and active and do all the things I love to do - like travel.
However. . .
Since I got "sick" in December 2013, I've been to Canada, England, Wales, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Aruba, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Austria, Hawaii, Florida, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Arizona, Texas, California, North Carolina, and more.
There are times I've had to be physically carried to make it through or have to pop into the local hospital, but I still see it to the end. It can be really hard, but I think it's totally worth it. I don't ever want to stop seeing this magical floating rock we call home.
Anyways, that's a little bit about me and why I named this blog, "chronic wandering." Even if all this blog winds up being is something to look back on, it'll be time well spent.
So, if you are reading this, dear stranger, I hope you enjoy my site. Whether you're laughing at crazy experiences, spotting places you'd like to travel to, or just wanting to learn more about the world & those in it, I sincerely hope you also find it to be time well spent!