Life Wide Open

Perseverance. Trust. Gratitude.  

Packing your five children, yourself and your husband into a 24-foot RV to travel the country is courageous enough. To do all that, managing a dangerous and chronic illness, requires an extra dose of bravery. But that’s just what Dana Gerrits decided to do — which is why she’s our guest for this week’s episode of The Brave Files.

While pregnant with her youngest child, Dana started to get extremely ill. She casually assumed her troubles her related to pregnancy and she shrugged it off as “nothing more than hormones.” However, after multiple trips to the emergency room, she started to think she was going crazy. What in the world was making her sick and why couldn’t they fix it. Finally, with a lot of trust in her own instincts, and a doctor who listened, Dana was diagnosed with Mast Cell Activation Disorder.

This devious and strange “disorder” means Dana needs to always be on guard. Her body fights to keep her alive and by doing so, it nearly kills her. Although living with her condition has its challenges, Dana took her diagnosis as motivation to live a full life. She honors her body and its fight by dancing, and she and her husband made the decision to live nomadically, taking their homeschooled children on a cross-country RV adventure while both continuing to work remotely from the road. Dana blogs about her family’s journey here. After months of cross-country travel, Dana and her family have finally re-settled in a new part of the country.

Tune in to hear how Dana and her family stay connected to their community, how they balance seven people in a tiny space and her illness. Learn what gave Dana the courage to take on this adventure and prepare to be awed!

The Brave Files. Learn how to live bravely. Click through to listen how toDana Gerrits is living courageously chronic illness and loves life.

Top Takeaways

  • Beauty can be found even in times of pain.
  • Your own experience is valid, even if others struggle to understand it.
  • There are many ways to find and connect with a community that supports you

GIving is Good!

A warrior at heart, Dana Gerrits supports the ongoing battle for social justice and supports  American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which fights for the constitutional rights of all Americans.  

 The beautiful Gerrits family!

The beautiful Gerrits family!

 Dana she her youngest, Claire in the hospital.

Dana she her youngest, Claire in the hospital.

 Dana preparing for a dance recital.

Dana preparing for a dance recital.

 Dana wearing a mask to help her breathe.

Dana wearing a mask to help her breathe.

 The Gerrits family home while traveling the country.

The Gerrits family home while traveling the country.

 The Gerrits family seeks adventure!

The Gerrits family seeks adventure!