Showreel Time

Showreel Time

It’s come to that time of year when I need to sit down and start writing lots of talks for the summer festivals. After a year of doing hardly any talks it’s a bit strange to be back in that process but it’s nice to be in a place where I can go out and speak and I’m looking forward to meeting people again. The last year has been a rollercoaster for me and my family and sometimes I still feel unsure whether I’m coming or going. I am going back to the hospital soon to start the conversation about when I should get the second leg operated on and…

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Broken Yet Held Together – Five Months On

Broken Yet Held Together – Five Months On

Yesterday I went to a meeting with my consultant at hospital. He said that the bones in my leg had healed well and the frame could be removed the very next day in theatre. This was totally unexpected.  It’s my 40th birthday next week and Diane and I had at one time hoped the frame would be gone by then, but had recently given up hope as the date got nearer. He said he would have to make some calls and asked me to wait in reception. He eventually came back and said, “sorry but there is no space in surgery until the 25th March, but the other option is…

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Have I ever had peace?

Have I ever had peace?

Four months after surgery I find myself at yet another hospital appointment, hoping for good news.  If I am honest though, I am trying not to get my hopes up too much so that if it doesn’t work out then I am not too disappointed.  Have you ever done that? Could it be possible that the huge frame attached to my leg could come off and I can start the next part of the process of getting back on my feet (literally)? This would mean I would need to go back on crutches but at least for this leg the frame would be gone. The one thing making me nervous…

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Rethinking Courage

Rethinking Courage

Three weeks ago I had major limb reconstruction surgery. I was diagnosed five years ago with a degenerative condition on both knees which needed to be corrected by surgery, but I managed to put the operation off until now. I get very anxious around hospitals and with lots of ongoing health issues with my four children I just didn’t want to do it. In addition, I love what I do and wanted to make sure XLP was in good shape. On 10th October I went into theatre just before 9.00am and came back onto the ward at 3.30pm. We were told the operation had gone well.  The Fibula and Tibia…

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