It’s been a funny old year for me. I sit down to write this post and I don’t know what to think. My overwhelming feeling is at one end I’ve learnt a lot but at the other I’ve also had to deal with things I wouldn’t have imagined. I feel like next year is going to be a mixed year too, but hopefully not as painful. 2016 has a lot of new challenges lined up and if I’m honest I am scared but I’m also excited. For now, here’s a roundup of 2015!
I played my first show in central London
Back in January the boys and I played our first show just around the corner of Leicester Square! We got a great number of people down and had a great time!
I fell in love with a horse
At the stables I fell in love with Ruby. In January I started going to the stable at the weekends, grooming and spending hours just playing and stroking her.
I had a tough time, then treated myself
I struggled in January for a few different reasons and so I went and treated myself to some new bits and a hair cut. I started to listen to how I felt and what I needed to stay well.
I got to share horse riding with my sister
I got to take my little sister horse riding! She loved it and it was great for my Mum and Summer to see me ride.
I celebrated Harry Potter Book Night
Joe and I trekked into London for Harry Potter Book Night. It was so much fun to dress up, hand out with one of my best mates, meet the new illustrator and win a signed copy of Philosopher’s Stone.
I struggled and I swam.
While trying to look after myself I started trying to swim whenever I felt down, a big step for me.
I got told I was a ‘game changer’
I got filmed for a documentary that a third year student was making. I was called a ‘game changer’ which I didn’t believe but was really pleased with all the same 🙂
I couldn’t say goodbye…and broke my heart
The beautiful Ruby was sold and I never got a chance to say goodbye and it broke my heart. She was such an incredible horse and I had an amazing connection with her.
I won a KU Talent award!
I was up for two awards this year ‘Second Year of the Year’ and ‘Overcoming Adversity to Achieve’, which I won. I was so shocked because the category was so strong, I had an amazing night with my Mum and it was definitely one of the highlights of my year!
I became a President
I became President of the Kingston University Horse Riding Society and won most improved rider for the year! It was a true honor and another great part to the month.
I fell in love with Sign Language again
Working with young people who were hearing impaired was a great experience and made me even more determined to work with disabled students at the university.
…I dropped my phone down the toilet.
Oh yeah, that.
I had the best Easter
I had such a fun family easter! We really had fun all together, my sister doesn’t look happy because for the first time in years I beat her at the egg hunt!
I went back to Durham!
I was lucky enough to take a trip back up to Durham to see Ali’s grandparents for their anniversary. I absolutely love going up to Durham it’s beautiful and always relaxing.
I got my two babies
I bought Hamski and Noodle home <3 My two little fur babies came home together and although they were eventually separated they originally loved cuddling together! They also proved to be a much needed distraction in the coming months.
I fell off a horse…
Yep, a simple fall meant my first ride in an ambulance. I was taken in, left in a hospital in the middle of nowhere and luckily had Laura with me. At first I was told I was fine and got back on a horse 3 days later…
I found out that I had broken my spine
After 2 weeks of feeling really sore and then an MRI scan I found out that I’d broken my spine with further damage to other vertebrate, muscle, soft tissue and nerve damage. The 7 hours wait to find out what had gone wrong was just the start of a very long journey ahead.
I used a wheelchair for the first time
I cried a lot when I had to use the chair because I couldn’t walk. Luckily Amy came to get me so I didn’t miss out on our girls dinner before Alissa went back to the US. I ended up having fun and forgetting about the chair for a little bit.
I was part of a winning society!!
I wasn’t in any fit state to travel so I had to cancel Prague with Dani and Eleanor. To keep my spirits up Amy and Laura took me to the society awards where our society won 2 awards!!
I got my first Spinal Brace
My physiotherapist is an angel and made sure I had my brace before I flew to Athens. It was hot, sweaty and uncomfortable but it done the job, I was honestly just relieved to have some support for my spine!
I went on my first international creative trip & my first holiday with just Ali (by accident)
What was supposed to be a solo trip to write became a couples trip when I still couldn’t walk! Ali and I ended up having a great time and I finally felt like a writer!
I got a dream job
I got my job as a Social Media Coordinator, one I applied for but never thought I would get. It’s honestly been one of the best jobs I’ve ever had and it was great having the responsibility!
I got a new tattoo!
I couldn’t go to Foo Fighters in my wheelchair (it was cancelled in the end anyway) so I used the money to get a tattoo that was particularly meaningful then and still is now.
I bought a lot of books…a lot.
What else is a girl to do when she’s mostly stuck in the house?
I said goodbye to friends again
I said goodbye to Eleanor and Maisha as they jetted off for a year of study in New Zealand! Proud friend moment!
I played Basingstoke Live!
This was my first show post diagnoses. I had my own box, my brace had been taken off and there was a ramp for me. I don’t know how but I got through and it was a great show!
I got frustrated.
I quickly realised I had put on a fair bit of weight and couldn’t really leave the house, sad times.
I had my sister come to stay 🙂
One of the highlights of my summer was having this munchkin stay with me and going to see Paper Towns early!
I met Don Broco
Acoustically beautiful and some really lovely lads,
I celebrated living with Ali for a year!
We didn’t kill each other even when I couldn’t move without him! He’s been amazing this year!
I went to my first book club
I got out of my comfort zone, met a friend and bought a lot of books!
I went to the Zoo with some little monkeys
Even though I had to use a wheelchair for our family day out and got rained on I had a great day spending time with family 🙂
I got addicted to comic books
Damn you Joe, Damn you!
I survived second year!
Despite everything I got through second year with a 2:1 overall…5 marks off of a 1st!
I became a third year
Dun, dun, duuuuuuuuun
I got told I was medically shorter than last year!
If I wasn’t short enough, I was told after my CT scans that I have officially lost height and may never get full feeling back in my left leg. That said I also got told that I was healing nicely!
I went to Amsterdam
A great 21st birthday trip with Dani and Amy! Amsterdam was so much fun and my back behaved itself which is a first.
I turned 21!
I had an incredible 21st I was spoilt and just felt so loved. This was the handmade cake that my sister made me, I don’t think I’ve ever been given so much cake in my life!
I had a stall at Fresher’s Fair
Rounding up new recruits for the society!
I watched Star Wars…finally
Now I’m completely obsessed! This started the countdown to see the new film.
I got recording!
We got serious about the EP and I was able to record without a panic attack or doubting myself. A big win for me!
I was mentioned in the New York Times
Just for mentioning the 5p plastic bag charge!
I met Katie Piper
I met one of my idols, Katie Piper. We had a great chat, photos and talked about Hampshire where we’re both from. It was also amazing to get a message from KAtie written in my book, she really is a lovely woman.
I went to my first Comic-con
I fell in love with Comic-con and bought a stupid amount of pops, spending the last of my birthday money. It really encouraged me to get creative for the next one in May.
I tried to be classy with Joe
McDonalds and Galleries…what more could you want.
I was allowed to go to the gym class!
A big step in my recovery! 6 weeks of gym sessions proved my spine was healing the right way and I loved them.
I left the society
Unfortunately I couldn’t cope running the society. I had to step down immediately and spent a lot of the month after pretty poorly both mentally and physically.
I got to meet Ed!
I got to meet this adorable little man that now takes over my bed!
I saw Star Wars!
I fell in love with the new cast and am now even more obsessed. Star Wars is the best.
I went to Olympia!
Laura finally got to use her 21st birthday present and we went to Olympia Horse Show! Such an amazing day out and we’ll definitely be going again next year.
I had an incredible Christmas
No lows, family time, amazing gifts. A great Christmas <3
I decided I wasn’t giving up…
This year has had some huge challenges and I’ve gotten through them. There’s no doubt I’ve struggled this year a lot and there will be times next year where I’m ready to give up but I won’t.
Happy New Year to all of my lovely readers and thank you so, so much for all your support this year <3