To all the lovely lovely people out there…

So since I last posted something on here I have had a few more followers and a good few thousand more views on the site… It’s all been quite overwhelming since the article about me was published in You Magazine. My friend sent me a pic of himself reading it…

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My parents, who are undoubtedly my biggest supporters, bought six copies of the Mail on Sunday. I think they are proudly showing everyone who comes through the front door.. They really are the most amazing parents!

My sister had told me sooo many times that everyone reads You mag so I had a sleepless night on Saturday (ok it was more of a sleepless week). I had no idea what sort of angle the story would show, and I actually did the interview for it waaay back in January, so I couldn’t remember what I had even said. But Mary Greene did a fantastic job of capturing my life I think, and I was very happy with how the piece turned out. So thank you Mary for writing such a nice article about me.

At about 7am on the Sunday morning I woke up to a text from my dad saying that he’d read it, and so I went online… I hadn’t seen a proof of it or anything, so I read it for the first time along with everyone else, and I was terrified! And the thing that makes it even more terrifying for me is the ‘Comments’ section underneath the article online…. But by 7am there were already 2 really nice comments from people, and I don’t think I can describe quite how warming it felt to have complete strangers saying nice things about me.

Throughout the day, and in fact the whole week I received lots of emails, messages and comments from people all over the world. I massively appreciate every single person who took the time to write to me. The supportive words from people who don’t know me is so so special and is easily one of the most motivating things I could ask for.

There have been a few negative things that people wrote on the online article, which, although my family keep telling me to ignore, I can’t seem to get out of my head. But I am trying my hardest to block them out and to just focus on the positive and encouraging messages.

So, to everyone that read the article, liked the article, messaged me etc I want to say a massive massive thank you. I wish I could tell you how much it means to me… Whenever I feel a low moment I read some of them back and it lifts me up again! (not sure if that’s quite a narcissistic thing to do?!) But I promise that I will show everyone how much their encouragement means by working my ass off and trying to achieve all that I want to. You might have to follow my blog for quite a while until I get my happy ending… But I know that one day it’ll come, and that I’ll keep having fun along the way.

And in case anyone missed the article, it’s still online….
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-2385412/Life-doesnt-end-dealt-catastrophic-blow-A-young-woman-tells-shes-adjusting-paralysis-life-wheelchair.html

4 thoughts on “To all the lovely lovely people out there…

  1. Hi,
    I read the article through the Mail App on Sunday night and I looked you up on here. You’re absolutely amazing and without sounding patronising I’m in awe of how strong you are!
    I wish you well in everything you do. Rachael x

  2. Just read the YOU article with tears running down my face. Anyone who ever has a moment of ‘poor me’ (and I include myself in this) should think about what you are putting yourself through. Your physio sounds frighteningly daunting and yet you embrace it with gusto and your mental strength (even if its not 100% of the time) is awe inspiring. Can’t believe you had negative comments….shame on them. Keep going and trust your instincts

  3. Hello Suzanne :). You know what they say (I shall paraphrase to keep it clean) ‘If you’re ticking people off you’re doing something right, so keep doing it! haha

    I was interested to read ‘Redefining Possibilities’ and I was wondering of you had though about or tried hand cycling? There are lots of different bikes available to cater for varying levels of ability and core strength. I started cycling last year and I don’t know what I’d do without my bike now! If you’re interested, http://www.handcycling.org.uk/ is great place to start and if you’re on Facebook there’s also a really helpful and friendly group called ‘Handcycling UK’ https://www.facebook.com/groups/HandcyclingUK who would be only to happy to advise you and invite you to the ‘taster days’ they run.

    Best wishes 🙂

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