My wife and I have had a few years (decade now) of bad luck. Besides my serious health problems (details below), we had bad luck with CHCH earthquakes back in 2011. That lead us to lose a new business and be forcedly moved around for years looking of a home. When we finally manage to buy house but it turned out our street is full of boy racers, drugs and alcohol. Another long sad story with this but I’ll spare you details.
Needless to say, we have had enough and been longing for something more. For the last three years we have been looking for somewhere to move but couldn't find the right place. Then about a year ago we happen to get hooked on crusing vlogs and started to dreamed of the livestyle. We’ve done a fair bit of research on requirements for certifications and other red tape. I’m most worried about the CAT-1 requirements to leave the country and issues surrounding my health.
My health started to go down hill about 10 years ago where I lost much of my vision due to keratoconus. I’m legally blind in right eye and have 30-40% in my left. Add to this I have arthritis and auto-immune/inflammatory problems that are of constant problem. In September of last year I injured my shoulder that turned into frozen shoulder syndrome. After months of physiotherapy, countless medications, MRIs, ultrasounds and injections, the doctors gave up and just stuck me on morphine and other medications for pain since November. Thankfully, I’m only taking morphine two-three times a week now and my shoulder is getting better, albeit very slowly.
Aside from my health, neither my wife or I have any experience in sailing. I know that is also a requirement for CAT-1 certifications. My thoughts were to try and get some volunteer repair work to help learn yacht maintenance. Sadly, not much of that down here in Invc. We also tried the local yacht club but they were only able to offer training to children in dingies and had to turn us away. At this point selling everything and trying to move up north seems like only option. House prices not being kind in that regard either.
What advice can you offer us? Would you consider my health issues to be too serious for the cursing lifestyle?
My greatest fear is never trying due to fear. Then having my health/vision get worse and never getting the chance. I would like to hope that being able to follow a dream might lead to improvements in health that medications haven't been able to realize. However, I also need to be realistic about our limitations and not do something foolish.
Thanks for your time. Sorry for the wall of text as well.