About/ the first post

About Erica / The first post

I’m a 35 year old disabled single mama; teacher, reader and writer. I was born with an arteriovenous malformation in my right leg (aka a venous or vascular malformation) – something that can never be fixed or cured. Because of this, I’ve had many surgeries and various procedures to improve my quality of life. But, due to the nature of the malformation, it will continue to get worse as life continues on. I currently use a cane to aid with my walking. In the past, I’ve used crutches and wheelchairs too – it all depends on how my leg decides to act on a particular day. I get asked so often how I’m able to be a single parent while also dealing with this that I decided to share my story with the world. 

Possibly as a result of childhood medical trauma (my therapist and I are still hashing this out, lol), I spent ten years of my life with an alcohol and drug dependency. I got clean in March 2016 at 29 years old and I’ve been sober ever since. There is no doubt that becoming sober changed my life for the better and helped me grow into a better person. 

I wanted to start this blog and as a creative outlet for myself and a place that others can come to who are similar – or just interested. I know there are other people out there like me, and your stories of bravery is what inspired me to share mine. 

So, besides the Big Stuff: I call the beautiful Fraser Valley, BC, Canada my home. I have a toddler and two cats. If you’re interested in more, read on. I’m glad you’re here. 

Published by Erica Black

Erica was born with a rare disease called an arteriovenous malformation in her right leg. She is now an advocate for those with disabilities. She left the corporate world in 2016 to pursue a career as a high school English teacher and began to blog along the way. She has a BA in English Lit and minor in Creative Writing. Her writing has been featured in The Martlet, The Globe and Mail, Heroica, and more. She enjoys cats, reading, and her daughter.

4 thoughts on “About/ the first post

  1. Thank you for sharing.
    I have a sister with this condition, and although I know how much she suffers, I will never be able to comprehend it.
    I’m talking about being a single mother, not her vascular malformation lol


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