My Advocate Adventure – Part II

It is only days before I leave for the Leader’s Against Pain conference.

“Are you getting excited?”

Quite honestly, No.

It is Monday and I have only 2 evenings left to finish my introduction, watch 2 videos, make sure 3 people not 1 have everything packed, have our house/dog sitting finalized, attend parent teacher conferences where I work, complete 3 students assessments…. I could keep listing all of the things I need done …oh wait, I need to do make a TO DO list.

As we all know packing for us is not the same as someone who doesn’t have a chronic pain condition.  We first have to consider the best travel situation and comfort. We have to pack heating pads, ice packs, tens unit, sleeping masks and DON’T FORGET THE MEDS!!!!

Usually, I would take the time of day into consideration for my travelling. I would allow myself the time to sleep in and take my time to get started. I would add an extra hour to my arrival time so I have plenty of time to get out and stretch.

This time because of my new job it just didn’t work to leave on Monday. I have the Leaders meet & greet at 6:00 tonight in Salt Lake City, Utah.

It is Thursday and the alarm woke this very tired body at 2:00 a.m. after 4 1/2 hours of sleep. My journey starts after getting dressed (wearing my Fibro Warriors~ Living Life T-shirt), packing the last minute morning items, taking care of the animals and double checking the list.

At 3:15 a.m. I am in the car heading to the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport. I have a short lay-over in Denver and will arrive in Salt Lake City at 9:00 a.m.

Am I excited now? A resounding YES!

They formed a Facebook group and all of us attending have been messaging brief Introductions and details on our arrival. It has brought back that initial thrill of being asked to be a part of this training.

Last night, I received a phone call from my Mom and Sister wishing me a great trip and how happy they were for me. My fellow Warriors were posting Good Luck Comments and excitement in my reporting what I learned. My dear Celeste left an amazing post on our Warrior page. She is why I am where I am today, heading to Utah for the Leader Against Pain conference. I am going to meet Jan Chambers, President of the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association in person.

Yes…. My excitement is back.

Now, I promise to do all that I can to not let down your expectations of me. I will go in as a Warrior and come out being on the way to being a trained advocate for all of those living with a Chronic Pain illness.

Wishing everyone sun~filled days and rest filled nights!
I am a Fibro Warrior~Living Life!

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  1. What a great representation we have in you Melissa!! You and my fellow warriors have given me strength, encouragement and acceptance of this life robbing disease.. I push every day to accomplish at least one goal.. I am officially disabled thanks to Fibro and the evil sidekicks, a difficult thing at 54.. I admire your positive thinking and your will to push through it as well Melissa.. You have given me and countless others the one thing this dreaded silent, often deadly disease tries to take away, HOPE.. It can kick us pretty hard, but with HOPE, we can usually get through it and make the most of our days and nights.. Thank you and remember to rest when YOU need it.. Patti

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