Mission Accomplished!

I was touched by the number of texts, emails and comments I received in response to my Staying Strong post yesterday.

I felt it was only right to follow up. No great words of wisdom for today. Truth be told, I am just too exhausted for a normal post. I am worn out from my latest endeavor, and I am proud to say that I can declare: Mission Accomplished!


I logged in over 4000 miles over the last week, and 2000 of them were in the last 48 hours. Our schedule made it impossible to leave earlier than what we did, and I was under pressure to make it back home for hospital clinic this morning. That is why I drove nearly 1400 miles in one day. I stretched myself to do something that I wasn’t sure I could do, in order to make a great memory for my kids, but without shirking our responsibilities.

It wasn’t easy, but I did it. (And I have to admit, I am a little bit smug, and proud of myself.)

We didn’t have much time to do anything but drive on the way home, but we made our gas and food stops worthwhile- seeing pieces of historic route 66, standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona (made famous by the Eagles- and yes, there is actually a real corner commemorated by the town) and eating local instead of through the drive-thru (which is always a unique experience!) Despite the huge task ahead of us and the tight time frame, we still made the most of it.

It wasn’t the most fun we have had on a trip, but it was good in its own way. My boys took turns staying up with me and keeping me company, helping me to get just a little further. After 18 hours of driving and encountering blowing snow at 3 am, Β I gave in and recognized my limitations. Sometimes being strong is recognizing your limits. I negotiated a “day rate” at our regular chain hotel, took a three hour nap and a quick shower, then finished the drive in daylight and under better conditions.

We made it to clinic with 15 minutes to spare.

Not too shabby, right? I may be tired (still! Β And I did take a good nap already today!) but I feel accomplished. I feel strong, and maybe even a little bit invincible. Its amazing what we can do when we set our minds to it, and when we decide NOT to talk ourselves out of aspiring to great feats. My last 36 hours were proof of that.

Thank you again for all your support and being my cheering section!



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  1. I am so glad you made it to your appointment on time and safe. My prayer are with you and your family as you face Juvenile Arthritis. I have a daughter with severe asthma so I know how hard it is to watch your child struggle with their health. Good luck on your journey.

    • I can relate to you as well since one of my sons (with JA) also has asthma as well. That can be some pretty scary stuff when uncontrolled! I hope that 2014 brings your family health and happiness!

  2. katherine says:

    Congratulations! I hope your new year is amazing!

  3. Congratulations one making it to and from the clinic safely! Best of luck to you in your struggle with Juvenile Arthritis.
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  4. Nothing wrong with feeling a little smooth with yourself. We need to appreciate ourselves to be able to appreciate others πŸ™‚
    As someone who drives only when necessary I really admire you. Keep the good work with this blog and my Happy New Year, not to late to wish you πŸ™‚
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  5. Tory Blum says:

    Congratulations! I feel empowered now πŸ™‚

  6. I have driven that far but never in one day! You are a very strong person and definitely deserve a nap!
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  7. Sonia Nandan says:

    Arthritis is the most painful joint pain deases . Living with arthritis is as if a bad dream for anyone. Thanks for sharing article and good luck for the treatment.

    • Although arthritis is a painful joint disease, both my kids have an auto-immune type which can (and does) affect their organs and eyes as well as joints and other tissues in the body. Most people hear “arthritis” and think of joints, but unfortunately it is much more than that. And you are right, sometimes it feels like a very bad dream, but we are lucky that the new treatments seem to be working!

  8. Wow, that is a lot of travel! I’m glad you were able to get it all done, no go take some time to relax, you deserve it πŸ™‚
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  9. No pain is good, arthritis not at all. When you know you are able to make it in time, you are sure to be cured because you wanted to do it religiously, my good luck is there.

    • Sadly, there is no cure. That is a very hard thing to face as a mom watching her children with the disease! But, we have been lucky. With good doctors and staying on current treatments, we can keep things under control and have less pain and damage. Thank you for the well wishes!

  10. Glad you got home safe and to the clinic on time. Snow is not fun to drive in, just fun to play in.
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  11. I’m glad you made it Kim! You know you can do it πŸ™‚ Stay strong πŸ™‚

  12. That is a lot of driving! I’m sure I couldn’t have done it, so kuddos to you!
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  13. Good luck and blessings to you in your ! I hope 204 will treat you kindly and you not be in as much pain. It is a great inspiration that you share about your condition and are willing to tell about your struggle.

  14. Anastasia says:

    Sounds like you have amazing kids!!! Every blessing to you with your recovery! I live where it never snows and do miss snow so much since I grew up with it!

  15. Glad you made it just in time and you are a warrior! its amazing the strength we can have in these situations. get some rest now πŸ™‚
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    • We are snowed in, so I am having mandatory rest now! It was worth it- my kids are still over the moon about the whole experience, and I have learned not to let opportunities pass us by.

  16. That’s quite amazing, the risks we will take to not be late is truly incredible. πŸ˜€
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    • That appointment had been “on the books” for 6 months. Since it was a specialist, even our follow up had to be booked 4 months in advance. Being late wasn’t an option! I’m glad I could let them have fun and do something great, but still keep our commitments!

  17. best of luck to you in your struggle with Juvenile Arthritis. I grew up with a girl who had that. She wasn’t even able to attend school for years. Wishing the best for you and your boys.
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  18. Glad you made it in time for clinic. Good for you!
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