Beginning At The Beginning

Home sweet home! It’s so good to be back! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t envious of both the “muggles” and the “magic folk” that call the U.S.A. home. Even so, only Africa lives in my heart.

I am no stranger to travel. To date I have touched down in seventeen countries. I have truly been blessed. My last trip, however, was by far the most magical.

Like all good stories, this one starts before the magic begins. In the beginning of Harry’s story he slept in “the cupboard under the stairs”. Frodo had never left The Shire. As for me, my story begins in a hospital bed in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

*Please feel free to continue reading from “Site Content”

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This blog is based on actual events that have taken place in my life over the last eight months. I hope that you enjoy reading my magical adventure.


71 thoughts on “Beginning At The Beginning

    Steve said:
    May 4, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I look forward to taking this blogging journey with you. Steve…

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      May 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      Thank you so much Steve. I am so glad that you are following my story.

    Rajiv said:
    May 5, 2014 at 2:12 am

    This is really very interesting… I shall follow your blog with interest…

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      May 18, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      Thank you so much. I am so grateful to have you as a reader.

    mad nad said:
    May 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I look forward to reading more from you.

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      May 18, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      I look forward to writing more for you to read :)

    charlypriest said:
    May 5, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Been reading some extracts from your story and I have to give it to you, you do have an interesting story to tell the world.

    Look forward to reading more, when more time comes my way.

    “A book is a dream you hold in your hands” That was a great quote, plus the buddha one, you are your worst enemy, unguarded thoughts, tell me about it. Very cool blog.

    Read ya later.

    Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon said:
    May 6, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I to am a new fan and following! I look forward to many future posts of yours. My journey in recovery these last seven years, and my book release has been AMAMZING! God has blessed me abundantly. I wish the same for you…..

    God Bless,
    Author, Cat Townsend-Lyon :-)

    fiona155 said:
    May 6, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Your blog looks really interesting, I am looking forward to reading more :)

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      May 18, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Thank you Fiona. I am very happy to have you as a reader :)

    bonnevivantelife said:
    May 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I can’t wait to read more of your journey!

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      May 18, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Thank you. I will keep my posts regular. I hope that you enjoy my story.

    Dash McCallen said:
    May 8, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Thank you for the follow, I will enjoy catching up with your writings. I hope I can keep you entertained with my own travels of the mind. Not all of mine are experiences, just daydreams put in text.

    wisemonkeysabroad said:
    May 11, 2014 at 11:00 am

    We love magical adventures so will eagerly following you for the stories :)
    Glad to be connected!!

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      May 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      Thank you. I am glad that we are connected too. I really hope that I keep you entertained!

    mamasandbebes said:
    May 12, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I like the quote, ” a book is a dream you hold in your hands”. Very true.

    zydaen said:
    May 13, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Hello there Celia. I wanted to wish you the best in your future blogging.

    TheLastWord said:
    May 15, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Interesting concept. It is so unlike my all-over-the-place writing.

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      May 18, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      I have read through your blog and I do enjoy your writing. Thank you for reading mine.

    cherylfoston said:
    May 18, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Your blog and stories are very interesting and I plan to read more of your story. How brave of you to put it all out there and I applaud you.

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      August 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you for your kind feedback Cheryl. I hope to read much more of it on my future blog posts :)

    Looking for the Light said:
    May 18, 2014 at 3:57 am

    I’m hooked. I have a chronic illness so I can relate on some level. It seems weird to look forward to post you know are going to get worse. I’m following you’re story, looking for a happy ending.

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      May 18, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      I promise there is a happy ending after all “If its not happy, it’s not the end.” Thank you for following my story and I wish you all the best with your health. I know that difficulties that come with chronic illness but the growth we gain and lessons we learn from it are blessings.

        Looking for the Light said:
        May 18, 2014 at 4:30 pm

        You are right about the blessings, my greatest blessing in my life came many after the illness or situation. Have a great day. :)

    Caitlin said:
    May 18, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Was sucked in instantly! Now that I know it is from true account, I’m down for the long haul!

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      August 16, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      I am so glad Caitlin. I hope to read much more of your feedback in future posts :)

    gomez541 said:
    May 20, 2014 at 2:45 am

    I am also new to travel blogging and have been blessed with the opportunity to get to know my beautiful country, Mexico :]

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      August 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      I look forward to your posts and I hope that you continue to provide me with feedback on mine :)

    snowgood said:
    May 20, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Travel is a bug that bites, I hope your health is returning. That hepatitis sounds dreadful.

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      August 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      It really was but I have been blessed. Thank you for your kind words. I hope that you will continue to provide feedback on my future posts.

    Sebastian said:
    May 21, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Hello Celia!
    I look forward to really diving into your blog. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Sebastian

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      August 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you Sebastian for your kind words. I hope that you have enjoyed my writing thus far :)

    freefromhim said:
    May 23, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Thank you so much for the follow, I look forward to reading about your journey too. R x

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      August 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you :) I hope that you have enjoyed my blog thus far :)

    Toza and Anita said:
    May 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Looking forward to reading more about your journey. Hope your health is returning and all the best :)

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      August 16, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. My health is at an all time best at the moment. I hope that you will continue to write such awesome feedback on my posts. It is much appreciated :)

    Kizzie said:
    May 24, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I’ve read a couple of your entries and I’m glad you are willing to share your story. We are both on a journey and I look forward to the continuation of reading yours! Be well!

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      August 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words. They mean a lot to me. I hope that you are continuing to enjoy my writing and that you keep providing me with such awesome feedback :)

    RobbyeFaye said:
    June 2, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Wow, I have read some of your entries. They are very intriguing, I can’t wait to settle in and read them all.
    God’s Blessings.
    Robbie (aka RobbyeFaye)

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      August 16, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Thank you Robbie. I hope that I have kept your attention thus far and that you continue to enjoy my writing. Thank you for your awesome feedback. It means a great deal to me :)

    abbas said:
    June 12, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Awesum work… <3

    SPFischer said:
    June 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Hi, Celia. I was drawn into your wonderful writing. Though the story is a difficult one, I have found, like you, that it’s life’s roadblocks that teach us the most. Glad to hear you are feeling better. I eagerly await your next installment.

    charlespaolino said:
    June 15, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I am happy to be following yours. It’s well written, honest, and inspiring. Thanks for sharing your adventure and all that you’re learning from it.

    evozeta said:
    June 23, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Most interesting, looking forward to your story evolve. I can so feel for you, I am a contractor of weird diseases: Half a year before my 20th birthday I fell ill with a meningitis and yes, some time after my 30th birthday I caught a Hepatitis A.
    So yes, very eager to read on. Illnesses have a way to show us what’s important in life and if nothing else, that’s a valuable life lesson learned.
    Take care.

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      August 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experience with me. I hope that you will continue to share it on my future posts as I too am eager to hear your feedback :)

    MiaMusings said:
    June 23, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Read some bits of your blog – an unfortunate experience but interesting read.

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      August 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you. It has turned out to be a magical experience. It is amazing what comes out of the most difficult situations in life.

    ifollowislands said:
    August 2, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Thanks for the follow! :) I read through your journey and it’s scary what you have been through. I can only imagine the pain, I had a kidney infection a few years ago and that was bad enough. I’m glad you’re a bit better now and can’t wait for the next post! All the best x

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      August 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Thank you so much for your awesome feedback. I hope to read much more of it on my future posts :)

    chiaink said:
    August 2, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Hi Celia. Just read through your blog and wish you a perfect recovery and continued wondrous journey!

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      August 16, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you for that awesome feedback and kind wishes. It means a lot to me. I hope to read much more of it on future posts.

    ldure said:
    August 8, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Celia, thanks for following my humble blog. I’m liking your magical journey as well.

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      August 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you for your kinds words. I hope that you will continue to provide me with awesome feedback like this :)

    Gracie K. Harold said:
    August 12, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Celia, we seem to have been along the same journey through pain and loss of health, albeit on slightly different paths. I look forward to learning from your journey. I appreciate your honesty in sharing your heart!
    ~Gracie

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      August 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you Gracie. That means a lot to me and I hope that will continue to comment on my future posts and share your thoughts and experiences :)

    rachel said:
    August 12, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Celia! It’s good to see a fellow South African blogging! I’m excited to see where you go with this!

      Celia Fitzgerald said:
      August 16, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Thank you Rachel. It is awesome to connect with another South African on here. I hope that you will continue to provide me with feedback as my story progresses.

    vannillarock said:
    August 20, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Wishing you good health :) anne

    Lauren said:
    August 22, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I wish you well and hope you have a great weekend!

    sytropin said:
    August 31, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Very great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that
    I have truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any
    case I will be subscribing for your rss feed and I’m hoping
    you write once more very soon!

    Bennie said:
    August 31, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    You can definitely see your enthusiasm in the article you write.
    The arena hopes for more passionate writers such as you
    who aren’t afraid to say how they believe.
    At all times follow your heart.

    Cici said:
    September 2, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Hey celia, i have just read some of your blog and i absolutely love it. will continue reading it, its amazing. i did nominate you for the one lovely blog award check it out here http://cicisrant.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/one-lovely-blog-award/
    Cici.

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