A few months ago I gave one our young girls a lift home from work. That’s the pub my dad runs she told me, coincidentally an old school friend of mine turned out to be her step mum! Way to make me feel old or what! So we got chatting, me telling her all about how I met her step mum, she filled me in on what she had been getting up to in the years we had lost touch.
I met her when I was 13, I had just moved miles away from where I had grown up and she lived over the road from me and we became instant best friends. We shared a love of Take That, and ultimately the devastation when they broke up! We shared all those first important milestones you experience as a teenager, your first boyfriend, your first kiss, your first underage night out, oh yes, we did it all! I had many good times with her growing up before ultimately growing apart when our adult life pulled us in different directions.
We met up again briefly when her mum sadly passed away due to cancer, I couldn’t even imagine what she went through or how she coped looking after her, then losing her all the while bringing up her 3 children. Just before Christmas her stepdaughter told me she had been rushed to hospital with suspected meningitis on the brain and I was completely unaware of how taken aback and truly upset I was for her, she had already been through so much why do this to her?
She was eventually diagnosed with Enchephalitis.
It has left her with so many devastating problems yet from her facebook status’ you wouldn’t tell how bad it had affected her. From memory problems to migraines yet she makes it through each day still running her business with her husband and bringing up her children. I wanted to do this post in honour of her strength and courage and to raise awareness for this devastating condition. Unfortunately, some people do not make it through this illness and we all need to be aware of it so we can help save more lives.
The Encephalitis Society is raising awareness. World Encephalitis Day is being held on 22nd February 2014 and to help combat this devastating illness they are asking to join them in sharing their message through your facebook, twitter and Tumblr pages to reach as many people worldwide as they can.
Join in and help us fight.