Having never been on a major holiday before, I'm amazed at how good it is for the soul. Four weeks traveling around Deep South America has been heaven. I, for the first time in a long time, feel like me. Well, the old me. The "me" before NF. Before I left for my holiday, I had so many appointments to attend that they began to take over my life. I was stressed and had many sleepless nights. Traveling has been a great distraction from NF and the impending operation that awaits me when I get home. To be honest is isn't something that I have thought about since I have been here. I packed Sneaky in my case with the thought that I was snap a picture with him at every place that I visit. To this day I haven't taken him out of the case once! Truth is I have enjoyed being "me". Here, I am just an everyday tourist. Yes, I have trouble hearing what is being said sometimes and the Americans tend to speak very quickly. With the help of my friend Fleur (my interpreter at times) I have managed to get by. I guess in a way that makes me a hypocrite. I spend so much energy trying to raise awareness about NF then I completely turn my back on it. Reflecting on this, even if I could go back and change things I wouldn't. Soon I will be back to reality, and the appointments and everything else that comes along with it. It has been so good to step aside and take a breather from every day life. This has allowed me to build strength, mentally, for the operation.