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SeleneAnna - Appalachian Trail Journal - 2010

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Selene
City: Kansas City
State: KS
Country: United States
Begins: Mar 20, 2010
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Tue, Jan 5th, 2010

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Still in the Dreaming...

Hello Journal Readers! I'm new to this world of journaling so I hope my posts make sense and I'll try not to ramble too much!

So who am I?

I'm a 29 year old girl from Kansas City, Kansas (there's a KC Missouri too). I've lived within 30 miles of the city my entire life but I love to travel and have seen most of America and the UK. A few years ago when I really started getting into camping I thought that the AT sounded like a great adventure. I started reading up on the trail and doing research online but never really thought I'd have the opportunity. Its not easy being a single girl living on a modest salary and trying to make ends meet! Luckily for me I managed to find a wonderful partner in my long-time best friend (10 years! time flies...) and now have a support system where I'm more comfortable to branch out and start attempting to make my dreams reality. That being said, my handsom wonderful boyfriend Frank isn't much for the outdoors. He's an amazingly talented computery person (I'm not so don't ask me to explain what he does!) who is lucky enough to be successful running his own business. Which he likes to run from his nice climate controlled office or the local coffee shop! I am getting better at pulling him out for weekend camping here and there, but when I mention hiking 2,178 miles I get a very loving "you're mentally unstable" look and a pat on the head. We live in a great small house in a college town with our dog Friday (entirely excited about hiking...but way too small for anything over a few miles) and cats Tso (he is quite the hiker actually, he and his sister were abandoned in the country near a horse barn and he broke his leg somehow which fell off and had to be amputated when we adopted him. How he survived that long with a missing limb at only a few weeks old in the wild is beyond me. He's definitely my inspiration) and Lol (Tso's sister, who is quite the feisty little pixi herself!). I'm really blessed to have such a great loving family for support and even though I don't know how I'm going to get along without them I love knowing that I'll always have them to come home to! It will be great to have Frank as a contact person from home as well for any needed mail drops or support. And who knows...I may even get him out for a few weeks here and there to join me! *crosses fingers*

All this of course depends on one very big contingency: In September of 2009 I was hit head on by a drunk driver. Immediately following the impact I realized I had a severely broken left arm. I had small fractures on my elbow and left side of my wrist but more alarmingly a complete section of my radius was separated and floating in my arm. I underwent surgery a few days after and had a plate and screws inserted to reconnect the bone and allow it to heal in the proper location. Unfortunately that turned out to be the least of my troubles. I noticed shortly after the accident a constant and completely debilitating vertigo. My doctors insisted it was merely a side effect of the high levels of painkillers I was on, and that once I could taper off of them I would go back to normal. Following weeks of painful physical therapy for my wrist I finally managed to get completely off the painkillers. The vertigo however stayed and never decreased in severity. Finally I was referred to a neurologist in November and after testing it was discovered that during the accident I suffered a small stroke. Luckily, the only side effect appears to be the vertigo. Unluckily, this has prevented me from returning to work and from any real level of functioning. (not easy for a normally very active outdoorsy girl!!) My neurologist has advised me that recovery from stroke can be anything from weeks to months to years, but with the help of my amazing vestibular rehab (physical therapist) I am optimistic! His advise is to set my goal to hike this year and fight like hell for it. That is exactly what I plan to do! My goal is to start on March 20th after my cousin's wedding. If I absolutely have to, I may change it to southbound starting in the summer or smaller section hikes. But as far as I'm concerned I CAN keep my original plan and I can't wait!

All the planning I've done and the forums I've joined have introduced me to some pretty amazing and inspirational people. I've heard stories of thru-hikers with much more difficult circumstances to overcome than my own. I've felt the true brotherhood of the hiking community. I look forward to sharing this journey with all of my family and friends as well as all of the new friends I'll meet along the way! Feel free to leave comments in the guestbook or by email. I'd love to get to know everyone reading this as well!

Let the Adventures begin!

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Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.
-- Theodore Roethk

 

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