Today I am linking up with the lovely Kate to talk out the Eclipse 2015; its weird just like Kate reads my mind with these questions. So here goes.
- How have you changed since the last total eclipse of the sun in August 1999?
I remember the last eclipse like it was yesterday, I remember being stood on the roof terrace of Uppercut hair salon in Romford Essex with one of my best friends Donna, and all the rest of the team, and we were so excited. I was 28 at the time and Chris and I were just about to move house. We had our beautiful dog Edward who was at the time our baby (well mine), and had a carefree life, great careers and going out and doing exactly what we wanted in life. It was all very exciting.
When I look at me back then there are things that are still constant in my life, Chris and I are still very happily married, we still have our wonderful families and Donna, Darren and their children are very much a huge part of our family life, and I imagine and hope will always be.
But so much has changed, I would have never thought that we would be living happily back in the north of England, with no intention of ever-moving away.
We now have our two wonderful boys, who are so amazing. But do you know if some one had told me before they came into our lives that one of them would have a long-term health condition I would have been devastated. Yet here we are living and dealing with type 1 diabetes and although it’s not ideal, we have managed.
I also would never have seen myself as being the adventurous Mum I am, I was girly and loved pink ha ha, how I have changed. And I am glad to say we still seem to have a fantastic lifestyle and get to go out and travel, we just take our crazy boys along, who really are open to anything.
Several relatives are sadly no longer with us and very much missed, but there are lots of new little people who make those losses bearable, I just wish they could have all met somewhere along the way.
Technology has changed hugely, remember dial-up connection ha ha. I can’t imagine life without my I phone, MacBook and Wi-Fi now. Ooh and my beloved kindle. The boys don’t believe me when I tell them how technology has changed.
- Has anything obscured your light? What was it and how did it get that power over you?
When Jack was diagnosed with diabetes, it was a shock and so hard to comprehend. But we did what any parent would do; lead by example and showed we could deal with this. And we have, we are. It will never go away but with a little work it doesn’t need to affect Jacks quality of life at all.
- Are you going through dark days now? What can help you move forwards? Who can help?
It hasn’t been the best week of our lives, but we can move forward together. We have each other, our family and our health.
- Where do you want your life to look like in 2026 when the next Eclipse heads ourway? What can you do today to help you move towards that?
My biggest hope is that we are all still here living our chaotic little life, that’s all a parent can hope for isn’t it? I hope that a breakthrough comes though in diabetes care that can save Jack from 4-5 injections a day. Yes, there are pumps but I don’t think they are right for him at this moment in time.
I hope the boys grow up to be considerate and kind and funny men like their Dad. They are well on their way, and have us to pick them up if they fall.