Hey hey hey Im Genevieve!
Welcome to my blog Ship With No Sails.
Here at my blog I write about both struggling and succeeding with chronic illness and pain. I share about the long process of learning to love my body after battling with anorexia nervosa on and off for two decades. I talk about the long process of coming to terms with being in a wheelchair after being a runner. It’s not all doom and gloom though! I also write about fun stuff like makeup, skincare, and finding the perfect 5$ lipstick.
This blog is about finding your path when the road is rocky and you have lost your map.
A little about me:
I am a 33 year old somewhat tattooed and extremely freckled gal living in central Virginia with my husband and two crazy pups.
I love reading, knitting, body positivity, writing, yoga, drag queens, photography, poetry and intersectional feminism. I own too many cardigans and too many books. I delight in all salty crunchy carbs and will never turn down an iced coffee on a hot day.
For over 5 years I have been dealing with several debilitating chronic illnesses.
In October of 2011 I developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in my left foot.
CRPS is ranked as the most painful disease by the McGill Pain Scale and the ongoing intense pain has had debilitating effects on my entire life.
Since 2015 it has spread up my entire left leg to my hip, into parts of my right foot, and then in late 2016 the CRPS also spread into my entire left arm/ hand and right bicep. Due to CRPS I have lost the ability to drive, work, and can no longer even walk normally. For the past two years I have been wheelchair dependent but am working to relearn how to walk.
Unfortunately in March of 2012 I also became sick with Late Stage Lyme Disease with a coinfection of Bartonella. Things were further complicated by also developing Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome due to extensive exposure to mold and the neurotoxins it releases.
I battled Lyme and Bartonella for several years but was able to get into remission with both in 2015. Sadly the Lyme Disease came out of remission in mid-2016. The bacteria and mold biotoxins have done significant damage to many parts of my body including my small fiber nerves and the frontal lobes of my brain.
You can read more about my journey with my health here.
On to the good stuff:
I have been with my lovely husband Sean since October 2010 and married since July 7, 2012. I couldn’t ask for a kinder more thoughtful partner. Isn’t he a cutie?!
We are the lucky owners of two zany dogs.
Roxy is a miniature dachshund who has the ability to be super lazy or super sassy depending on her mood. Pip is a chocolate lab/ great dane mix meaning he is super big and super silly.
Together they are a funny looking pair and make our lives really wonderful.
I have a bachelors in psychology with a minor in gender studies from George Mason University but I have been a master esthetician and makeup artist since 2008.
I was even lucky enough to own my own business for a few years before having to close it due to health issues. I am very grateful to love what I do and hope to do it once again when I am feeling better.
Making people feel good about themselves is my passion.
The name of my blog comes from the song Slow Pony Home by The Weepies who are my favorite band.
“setting free the anchor and looking past the shore
it’s a sea of horses on ships with no sails, no motors, no oars”
So welcome to my blog and my life!
I hope you will stick around for awhile.
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