I think an introduction is in order. I’m Amy, the creator of Very Much So and lover of bleak, dramatic landscapes although I cannot choose between the forest or the sea as the place my soul is happiest. I’m in my 30s and live in Bath UK with my husband Matt and our two daughters. Matt devours books at a superhuman speed, often finds himself chief carrier on our adventures, is the driving force behind our YouTube channel, and is quite frankly an awesome person to share this parenting journey with.
Our first daughter Lyra was born in April 2014 and turned our world upside down and inside out. She’s clever and beautiful, strong willed and curious, our little adventurer. And then in May 2016 our family was completed with the arrival of our second daughter Athena. Our little extrovert in a family of introverts, she is fierce and fearless, loving and full of life. My little shadow.
I’ve lived with both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis since childhood but it really started affecting my day to day life in 2017. I struggled to walk and all of the outdoor adventure dreams I had for me and my family had to be put on hold. That sucked and that’s OK. Part of coming to terms with a chronic illness diagnosis is grieving for the person you once were or the idea of how you expected life to go. I’m on medication right now and currently there are more good days than bad however I’m probably not going to be climbing any mountains any time soon (never say never though).
The online world seems to be full of grand adventures and for a while it got me down that I couldn’t keep up but now I am trying to accept and embrace my limitations. It doesn’t have to be a multi day wild camping, hiking, sea kayaking adventure to make it an adventure. An adventure for you may be a walk through local woods, a quick paddle in a river, or simply having a picnic in your garden. You set the rules and I believe that every adventure is valid.
So this blog is a blog for people who feel like I did. That an outdoors lifestyle is out of reach be that because of chronic illness like me or mental health, family restraints, work commitments, or something else entirely. This is a place that recognises all adventures, no matter how small, are valid and encourages you to go at your own pace and set your own rules. I want to help you reclaim the outdoors on your own terms and I am right here cheering you on.
If you want to know more about psoriatic arthritis and my struggles with it the best place to start would be with this video that I made. Or check out these posts if you’re more interested in my outdoor adventures.