updated 05/19/2014 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/19/2014 AT 2:00 PM ET
Candace Cameron Bure kicked off her career at age 10, starring in the popular series Full House. Since the series wrapped in ‘95, the actress got married, had three kids and wrote two books. She’s been paired with two-time mirror ball winning champ Mark Ballas for season 18 of Dancing with the Stars, and she’ll be sharing her experience with PEOPLE readers.
It’s the finale!!
We’ve had so much drama the last few weeks, I haven’t been able to keep up with my blog. I’m writing this Monday morning and I still have no idea what is going to happen tonight.
Mark’s shoulder popped out during rehearsal on Sunday and he was taken to the hospital. They couldn’t see exactly what happened from the x-ray, and Mark is getting an MRI this morning. It’s still unclear at this point as to whether or not he’ll be able to dance with me in the finale tonight.
Because of yesterday’s events, I went back to our practice studio and rehearsed both dances with another pro, Artem (who is fantastic) just in case Mark is sidelined. The show must go on … but I’m praying Mark will be okay. I can’t imagine getting to the end of this journey and not being with my partner.
I also suffered a minor injury yesterday during the same trick Mark was hurt. After Mark went down, my back went into spasm and stopped me in my tracks. I had some therapy work on it yesterday, but it’s in terrible pain and I also bruised my rib. I’m hoping it doesn’t get worse during our camera blocking rehearsal this afternoon. We will take whatever precautions we can so I don’t aggravate it more.
The last two weeks have been physically and mentally exhausting. The producers and pros told me how grueling the finale week would be, but it doesn’t compare to what my definition of crazy is – it’s totally insane. We’re all exhausted, we’ve had no sleep and we’re practicing about 12 hours a day – and that doesn’t include all the press and life with family in between.
Our freestyle dance is filled with muscle moves, and the practice leading up to choreographing the routine burned my body out before it was even complete. At this point, it’s all a mental game. The finish line is so close, our bodies are suffering, but it’s no time to stop or look back.
I wouldn’t change this experience for the world. It’s been amazing and I want to thank everyone who has taken this journey with me. I know I am not the best technical dancer left in the race, but this mama of three with no prior experience has worked as hard as everyone else and I’m so proud of my progression along the way. Life’s experiences are more often about the journey and not the prize.
I hope you enjoy tonight’s show. If Mark and I are safe from elimination tonight, please vote for us! 1-800-VOTE4-07 and online at ABC.com and on the show’s Facebook page. Online voting will be open for 24 hours and will determine the winner!! Don’t forget that all countries are able to vote online!
–– XOXO, Candace