One of the biggest reasons we decided to make this change and go on this journey is health issues. I've been struggling the last few years with some strange and chronic issues. Despite so many doctors, treatments, diet changes, etc., we haven't been able to figure it out. We've been hoping that some time in a mild climate would give my body just the boost it needs to kick this whatever-it-is.
So far, I'm about the same, and if not, I've gone slightly backward. That is probably due to the stress that such a venture involves. However, we've had a brilliant silver lining, and it has to do with one of our sons, not me.
Our third son has epilepsy. Upon beginning travel, we noticed a distinct change in the amount and length of his seizures within the first two weeks. They steadily decreased, and those that he did have were a fraction of the length they used to be.
Since moving into our rental home here in Tennessee, we can count on one hand how many seizures he's had. This is amazing, and something to celebrate, as not too long ago it was common for him to have 20 petit mal seizures before breakfast alone. Mass amounts of seizures were just a daily part of life for him and us, along with research and trial treatments and all sorts of measures to try and find the root of the problem.
Praise God, our Healer! I have no idea whether our son was on his way to complete healing if we stayed in Alaska anyway. I don't know if the mild weather, massive increase of sunshine, and varied flora of this environment have anything to do with it. But I know I'm incredibly thankful. We've been on a long, weary, and worrisome road with epilepsy. If this is where we see our Cub become epilepsy-free, whatever the actual reason, it's something to love about the South.