When I last wrote I was on my way to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Associations Leaders Against training. The flight to Denver went on without a hitch, we had a short layover and then onto Salt Lake City. It was amazing flying over the mountains.
We landed at 9:00 a.m. in Salt Lake City. Yes, that meant we were awoken by an obnoxious alarm at 2:00 a.m.
It was too early to check into the hotel so we decided to check out the sites. We started with walking to the Salt Lake Temple, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, the State Capital, and lunch at The Lion House.
We tried to check in the hotel but they were not ready so we decided to check out the next thing on my Daughters list; Ensign Peak.
Distance; Just under a half mile one way which was a 5,414 foot summit.
We started the climb on a path that was simply dirt and a lot of rocks.
The further we went ~ the steeper the climb.
We had climbed 3/4 of the path when my daughter looked at what was left and she said “Mom, you shouldn’t do anymore”
and at the same time my husband looked up and said “you have to..you have to finish it”. He was right~it was why I was here.
I had read the history behind Ensign Peak. Bringham Young claimed a vision of God directed him to lead his people to the Salt Lake Valley. It is said that Young recognized Ensign Peak as a landmark in his vision, confirming his statement. “This is the right place”.
Here I stood at the top of Ensign Peak. I was at the same place that Bringham Young had declared;
“This is the right place” for his people to start a new life
I had gone west to the same place to for me to start my new adventure as an Advocate.
After the hike we headed to the hotel, that night our training started at our meeting with Jan Chambers(President of NFMCPA), Cindy Sharp(Director of LAPN), Sharon Waldrop(Vice President for Education, NFMCPA) and the other 29 scholarship winners.
We spent the evening sharing each others stories and learning about the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association & The Leaders Against Pain.
We were asked who we admire in history. I said, “I admire is Ellen Gates Starr. She was the co-founder of the Hull House in Chicago. She was a social reformer and activist. She was Advocate for immigrants, children and women.” then I said, “I broke the rules and told them I can’t just say one I needed to share one more. Celeste Cooper, a retired Nurse, Advocate, Author and I am proud to call her my friend, mentor and my angel on earth If you don’t know who she either of these amazing woman are please google them”
We left that evening very tired(I had been up 22 hours), emotional, inspired and motivated.
I am starting the weekend as a FIBRO WARRIOR ~ and ending it as a LEADER AGAINST PAIN.