Since February I have had health issues. Long story short it seems I have become intolerant to gluten and one of my body's reactions to it is inflammation. At one point I was taking 800mg of ibuprofen 3-4 times a day to handle the pain and stiffness.

Starting on July 4th I gave up gluten and now over two months later I am back up and operating at 98% of what I used to. As of the writing of this post I am down to 400mg of ibuprofen a day (once in the morning and once at night) and hope to not have to take any in the next couple of weeks. 

At the worst points back at the beginning of all my issues, it would take me close to 3 mins to simply get out of bed. If I sat down and wanted to get up afterwards, I looked and felt like someone closer to the age of 85. I would be hunched over and could not move very much until I was fully standing and could stretch out. Walking short distances took a lot of effort since I also had swelling in my ankle as well as my back and legs.

So, what does this have to do with the photos below? The location in the photos is Mary's Peak in Corvallis. We had visited and hiked to the top one other time. The parking lot is below the top of the peak and the walk from the car to the top generally takes about 20-30 mins to do. We made it to the top, but it took us closer to 3.5 hours instead of the the 20-30 mins it normally would. No, not because I couldn't walk very well, but because we had completed a hike of nearly 4 miles before then taking the short walk to the top. The hike also involved a lot of uphill and downhill parts as well as having to climb over trees that were blocking the path.

This was, in a way, a bit of a test to see not only my endurance level for the hike, but to see how my body reacted after the hike. Anyone but a avid hiker would have some soreness the next day and that was to be expected with me as well. Thankfully I was a bit sore afterwards, but it was ONLY from the hike and not from any sort of inflammation.

It has taken nearly 7 months of my life to finally start making some positive headway with my situation and I am glad to say that I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I have felt like because of my condition I had put a limit on what my family and I could do and experience. Going for simple walks or taking my son the park took a lot out of me initially, but thankfully that is not the case anymore. I am back up and running, and plan to stay that way!

Captured with Fuji X-Pro1 and 35 ƒ1.4 lens and Fuji x100s.

Seasoned with VSCO Film for Aperture 3.