It has been almost five months since I started this journey to prepare myself to try to start a family. Five months and we haven't even started trying yet. Fortunately, I have one more doctors appointment to make sure my JRA is in check and then I will feel confident that my current treatment is working. I am of course anxious to begin trying to conceive because that journey could take months as well. However, I feel very fortunate that I have been able to make it this far with limited pain and disease activity (knock on wood!). Today I am going on a a much needed week vacation to the beach and the timing is perfect. It will mark the end of my weaning off medication period and when I return I will be beginning the next phase of my journey. I feel like the ocean is coincidentally symbolic of living with JRA. Having JRA can often feel like the ocean tides, rolling in and out in waves of aggressive flares or periods of calm, tranquility. I am excited to begin the next phase of my journey and excited about what's to come!