It's a story of perseverance and never giving up.

When a car accident and a lupus diagnosis paralyzed Stacey Kozel of Ohio, it seemed her dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail may not be possible.

Doctors told Kozel she would never walk again, but she never stopped hoping.

Now Kozel's not only started her goal, but finished a trip across the entire 2,200 mile trail.

Kozel finished her journey on October 9. Despite rough weather and heavy rain, she made it to the top of Mt. Katahdin around 1 a.m.

The full trip took her seven months to complete, after beginning in March. Originally Kozel predicted the trip would take almost a year, meaning she finished months ahead of schedule.