It is with a heavy heart that I write this blog to everyone who has followed my personal journey since moving to Belize, and especially to all of the many clients that allowed me to help them through their three phases of relocation here.
I always tried to make my blogs are transparent as possible, but honestly, who wants to read about someone who is always ill. And the reality of it is, I have been ill since the second day I arrived in Belize. On day two I developed the beginning of my psoriasis issue, I presume from the humidity, which my California body wasn’t prepared for.
Several months later that was followed by double ear infections, which have been recurring almost without fail every four to six months. Then I got psoriasis of the scalp, which involves have disgusting scabs on your head and losing hair.
As if that wasn’t enough for one person to endure, I also have painful abscesses under my arms, and have spent the last several days in and out of the hospital having them drained. Then there’s the mystery upper abdomen pain that no one can diagnose, even with an ultra sound.
Frankly folks, I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’ve spent thousands of dollars on doctors, medicines, herbs, lotions, potions, special diets and cleanses, all to no avail. It’s clear to me my immune system is shot, and for some reason here in the tropics, I cannot strengthen it and get better.
Therefore, I have made the very hard decision that I am going to return to the States, where I had none of these issues at all, and see if I can reset my body and get better.
What this means is that I will no longer be offering relocation consulting services. It also means I had to let go of Red Roof Property Management. But as luck would have it, my ex-husband, Dale Hiebing, recently moved from Ambergris Caye to San Ignacio. When I told him I was leaving, he was very excited about taking Red Roof over.
He and I started our real estate investing career together in 1998, so he understands property management as well as I do. And, he is bringing Nige’s brother, Jovan, on board with him to run the office. Jovan recently graduated from college on the island with an AA in Business Admin.
There is some icing on the cake in this story. After over two years of dating, Nige and I got engaged recently. We will be getting married in Belize before we head back to the States, so that his family may attend, something that was important to both of us. And, I got a great surprise when my sister told me she’s coming too!
I’m so thankful for so much of what has happened to me in Belize. I started two successful and profitable businesses met the love of my life and have made some wonderful friends. No, my plans didn’t work out exactly as I had envisioned, but that’s life. So I’ll be moving onward and upward. I’ve always landed on my feet, and I’m sure I will do the same back in the States.
I have nothing bad to say about Belize, and I’m not leaving because of anything that Belize did to me. It is a wonderful country with beautiful people, and Nige and I will be back visiting often, I’m sure. But you only get one life, and health is everything, so I must do what I feel is best for me now. Thanks for coming along on my journey and being so actively involved in my life. It has been a pleasure getting to know you all.