Hello Summer!

Today was my first day of summer break (I work for a school district). I had tons and tons of plans last night and was going to be an organization queen today! I woke up at 7:00 am and felt like death….so after I put the dog out, I went back for more rest. I awake 3.5 hours later and still felt like a drained mop. UGH. Okay RA, here is big request: Don’t ruin my summer!

Enough is enough…

I was a busy girl when I first got sick. I worked a full-time job for a school during the day and took 3 classes a week in the evenings. Stress was my middle name. Although my time and energy were drained….I persevered because becoming a speech-language pathologist was something I wanted VERY much….enough to hang tough even though I was ready to collapse.

I took a job a few years ago that required me to be labeled a special education teacher. I was extremely hesitant but trusted administration when I was told I wouldn’t be expected to act as a “typical” spec. ed. teacher, rather I would be a consultant for children with autism. I relied heavily on my speech pathology skills. I was skeptical but chose a leap of faith. Now I’m devastated that I have to return to a classroom assignment. I didn’t fight so hard to become an SLP to have it ripped away from me. I have to rethink my future. I might have to find that strength again. I didn’t work that hard to be a teacher again. I’m a speech-language pathologist and I’m not compromising for anyone anymore……
Jobs might be hard to come by but my self-respect is far more important to me. I know what I have to do. Wish me luck….

African Adventure

An opportunity to travel to Uganda, Africa was presented to me a few weeks ago. I’ve decided to take a leap of faith and go to Kampala to help establish some sort of intervention for children living in orphanages that have been suspected to have autism. In order to prepare for this trip, I had to see a “travel” doctor. She reviewed my medications prior to coming in to the exam room. She entered with a grim face and told me very matter-of-factly that traveling to Uganda was not going to be a possibility for me. After some research and lots of consideration, I have decided to stop taking Humira. This biologic has been a miracle in my life BUT the miracle of traveling to Uganda is a bigger pull for me right now. I’ll spend a summer achy and swollen but I feel it will be well worth it. A favorite quote of mine is “I’d rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.” I’m going to Uganda and I’m taking my RA with me.