First Family Vacation

Mexico is a very special place for me. It’s where I first travelled alone without my family.

It’s also where Mike and I were supposed to get married. We wanted a beautiful beach wedding at the El Dorado Seaside resort. 6 months before the wedding date we travelled to meet our planner and had a pre-honeymoon. Then a month later disaster struck. I was hit with my Transverse Myelitis attack and all hell broke loose. We called off the wedding until we figured things out.

Mexico is also where we went when I was horribly sick and we needed to retreat (we stayed at the El Dorado Royale). Overweight from the steroids and our spirits broken, we hashed things out. Coincidentally during that trip it poured rain for 6 of the first 7 days, almost as if the heavens above we’re also crying with us.

So it was more than fitting that our first family vacation be to Mexico where we could create new and happy memories. This time we stayed at the Azul Beach Resort (a sister property to the previous ones we’ve been to). Almost exactly 3 years from when we were supposed to be married, I sat in the beach cabana with our little angel Sophie. As I reflected on how many things Neuromyleitis Optica has taken from me, the one thing I’ll never lose is my ability to believe that everything happens for a reason.


Check out this video of our trip to Coba, one of the Mayan Ruins.


  1. That’s okay. I onced booked a trip to Mexico with travel republic. I was afflicted with the flu there, and it was terrible. Sometimes, ailments do happen during a trip; that’s why I always see to it that I get vaccinated or take meds with me when I travel. Your trip and video are awesome, by the way.

    Comment by Sylvia Jordan on March 12, 2013 at 8:22 am

  2. Jenna

    Hi Sylvia,

    Thanks for checking us out. We’ll be posting new content soon.

    Comment by Jenna on March 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm

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