It's been almost 2 months since I traveled to Colorado and Las Vegas. But in 8 days I head to Friday Harbor off the coast of Washington.

This lupus flare has had me back at home in NJ for almost a year now. I worry that I'm regressing, watching my friends bolt forward while I remain stationary.

I don't think I'd survive if I couldn't travel and write. They're the only way to get out of my head, and my body out of my bed.

One week, one week and I'm in the air again.