Flavie Laurin Larouche
From Blanc Sablon (Canada) to Cold Bay ( Alaska)
“4th December 2015”
I entered the doctor’s office, sat down and closed the door.
In previous weeks, a discovery had weighed the days of insoluble stress; I was soaking myself in the hot water, rubbing myself for hours, a bump on a bone, it does not dissolve. For six years, I had been injured at work far too easily and was taking a long time to heal. Then the weight loss, then the sagging of all the muscles on the right side of my body; the invalidity hung from my nose.
“You have a snake in your abdomen, its venom makes holes in your intestine and slowly transforms your vertebrae and your tendons to stone” is what the general practitioner had articulated.
Well, that’s the picture I made of it, not really what he said. Then we talked about treatments to weaken and put the reptile to sleep but nothing to kill it.
Was it finally the end of my ordeal? No more holding my breath when I sat on the edge of my bed in the morning until the pain subsided? No more asking me what was wrong? No more shame of feeling too weak when my whole body was attracted to physical strength and endurance pursuits? No more self-mockery in front of my colleagues, my therapists and specialists, to try to lessen the blows of my pride, also injured?
“Spondyloarthropathies comes together in a form of inflammatory arthritis that affects the spine and sacroiliac joints. It can also affect other parts of the body, such as the joints of the fingers, arms and legs, including the skin, gastrointestinal system and eyes.
Inflammation causes the immune system to attack ligaments and tendons attached to bones, which erode these areas, and the body tries to repair itself by forming new bone tissue, increasing the risk of bone fractures or musculotendinous tears»
I had really hit the jackpot; Axial and peripheral spondyloarthropathy, Crohn’s disease and dermatitis.
To avoid the deterioration of my whole body, I quickly realized that I needed to remain as flexible, strong and active as possible.
Here is the motivation and the perfect excuse for the development of this project; a chronic illness is a gaping hole in which you can drown yourself or a springboard that gives us the impetus to face fears and obstacles.
I made my choice.
400 dinners, 24 different choices.
I tried to take everything under 1000mg of sodium (I do not want to come back diabetic and hypertensive), which cooks only by adding boiling water and without nuts, with a price below the $ 10 mark (I cheated five times with this rule, for the lasagna with meat, which I could not have left out, no matter the amount!)
My breakfasts consist of a mocha (instant coffee, hot chocolate, milk powder, water), a homemade oatmeal (80g of quick-cooking oats, 30g of dried cranberries / raisins / pineapple or dehydrated apples, 30g of hemp, 15g of chia and a little sugar and / or cinnamon). In winter, I will also have soy butter (30 to 60g per day).
My snacks are made of 40g of walnuts, 20g of sunflower seeds, 20g of pumpkin seeds, 3 dates or 3 figs, 30g of cranberries or dried grapes.
I will have 2 to 3 energy / cereal bars with 45g of dark chocolate depending on the season.
And once a month, the 80g luxury of Beef Jerky.
I still have 160 bagged dinners, 140 lunches and 180 snacks. (And still some energy bars / granola bought, but at this level, it’s fine!)
So another 480 bags and … it’s a start !!!
<h3>The planned hike</h3>
On Saturday 24th of November 2018, I will be on my way to Sept-Iles (Canada) for the ferry that will take me to Blanc Sablon (Canada / Quebec). I will take the ferry on Tuesday 27th November and arrive Friday 30th November at Blanc Sablon. I will stay until Monday morning, time to put everything back in order and take my courage in both hands. On Monday, December 3, 2018, I will begin the crossing of the continent to arrive around December 20, 2019 in Anchorage ( Alaska/ USA) where I will take the plane to go to Cold Bay, where I will wait for the plane bringing me back to Quebec, hopefully to celebrate the new year with my family. Itinerary, equipment and budget were more than enough. I calculated, I counter-checked, returned, disconnected, restarted, erased, to arrive each time, to the same result. For people who say to themselves “decide to leave in winter, isn’t it a crazy idea?” Beware; I have a lot of arguments about logistics and security to give you.
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On Saturday 24th of November 2018, I will be on my way to Sept-Iles (Canada) for the ferry that will take me to Blanc Sablon (Canada / Quebec). I will take the ferry on Tuesday 27th November and arrive Friday 30th November at Blanc Sablon. I will stay until Monday morning, time to put everything back in order and take my courage in both hands. On Monday, December 3, 2018, I will begin the crossing of the continent to arrive around December 20, 2019 in Anchorage ( Alaska/ USA) where I will take the plane to go to Cold Bay, where I will wait for the plane bringing me back to Quebec.