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It’s Amazing How Things Change

I’ve been absent from this page for a few months.  But a lot has happened in those few months.  I I look back at my life even just 8 months ago, I cannot believe the change.

In late June/early July, I was feeling pretty under the weather.  My get up and go have gotten up and gone, and my appetite had gone wonky.   I went on holiday to Whitby the last week in June, so I put it down to being tired out by my holiday.

 

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Whitby:  My Favourite Place in the World

I picked up after a while, but things were still not quite right.  And then all of a sudden I realised… I was late, and I’m not talking late for work.    I had my contraceptive implant taken out in March, and my husband and I had been trying for a baby ever since.  So I did a test and… It was positive!  I really hadn’t expected for things to have happened so quickly to be honest, heck, with my disability I almost expected for it to never happen at all.  But no, it has happened, and as of the time of writing this, I am 8 weeks +4 pregnant (though I haven’t had my dating scan done yet, and my first midwife appointment is a few weeks away).

 

It’s early days, I know, but I am so happy this has happened.  I can’t wait to read to my child, I hope they love reading as much as I do!  I’m not sure how hard I will find this pregnancy.  I’ve already had a bout of Sciatica, but that was probably nothing to do with being pregnant, I made the mistake of bending over to try and pick something up, and nothing screws my back up like bending over too far.  I’m not suffering from Morning Sickness at the moment, but my appetite is very strange.  I’ve gone off Fish, and I can only eat small amounts at a time; I get full very quickly.  My sense of smell has gone haywire as well, and strong smells make me feel very nauseous.

 

The other big news is I have been accepted to do a BA (Hons) Graphic Design course.  I had been feeling lost since my plans of working in Hospitality Management went out of the window due to my disabilities, and my biggest regret has always been I didn’t go to University.   I had been doing some design work for Country Village Inns, and I realised that not only was I good at it, I really enjoy doing it.  I was pretty sure I couldn’t manage a full time degree at a local University and work, so i looked into distance learning courses, and found the perfect course for me through Arden University.  So I applied, and literally the day I found I was pregnant I was accepted on the course!  So it all seemed to happen at once.  Being a distance course, I can take up to 9 years to complete it, though I am hoping to do it in 3.

 

So I’ve got alot going on for me now.   I am under no illusion that this whole thing will be easy, but then all the best things never are.  But I am not going to let my disabilities dictate my life.

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Do I Risk it or Don’t I

I’ve been a rollercoaster junkie ever since I first went on the Tower of Terror at the now defunct Camelot theme park in Lancashire, England back when I was a mere 10 year old.

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Now this takes me back…

Since then I have been to many a theme park here in the UK. Frontierland Morecambe Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, Flamingo Land, and a few others I’ve probably forgotten.  The closest Theme Park to me now is Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which I have visited many a time.  My mum has never forgiven me for the time we were on the Log Flume there, when I was up front, and at the last second on the way down the main drop I ducked down so she got a face full of water.  And then there is Valhalla, a Viking themed water ride, where the sign says ‘You May Get Wet on this Ride’, and that turned out to be a total understatement and I took a few hours to dry out.

It’s been a few years since I last went to a theme park, and recently I have seen a videos of Blackpool Pleasure Beaches newest rollercoaster.  It’s my 38th birthday on the 4th June, and I thought that maybe a day out at Blackpool would be a perfect way to celebrate.  Until G pointed out that breaking too hard in the car throws my back into spasm.  So maaaaaaybe it’s not the best idea.  I guess I’ll never know until I try, but when the cost of trying is at best painful and at worst, absolute agony whilst I’m laid up for a few weeks, I guess I have to be sensible.

However being sensible has never been my strong point.  We shall see.

Interestingly enough, an Urban Explorer got into the abandoned Camelot theme park a few years ago.  It’s sad to see the place I spent many a happy day in during my childhood like this, but also quite interesting.

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Things About Having Chronic Illness That Can Be Worse Than The Illness.

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1 – The Well Meaning Person That Ends Up Mortified

There is an older lady in my local charity shop that has been there for years. I don’t know her name, but she’s always been nice and chatty whenever I go in. I lived in a different village for a while, so I didn’t get over often and she’s not seen me much until I moved back to my home town six months ago. I’ve used a walking stick for a while now, but she hadn’t seen me regularly for a long while, and yesterday, when I went to see if I could find any bargains, she asked me if my ‘injury’ would take much longer to heal. And that’s when my heart sank, and I have to do one of the worst things to do with my disability.

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What a Difference 6 Years Makes

I’m not sure about other people, but I kind of enjoy the Facebook Memories thing that pops up each day to show you what you posted about on the day since you joined.  Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes I find I cringe a bit about what I’d posted, and very occasionally it makes me kind of sad.

This photo appeared in my memories today.

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