This is only going to be a short blog post, but whilst I have the day off from the gym and have had a chance to reflect on the last month, I wanted to just thank everyone who has helped me to make it out here to China.
Firstly I want to thank everyone involved with The Big London Shoe Sale that took place at the end of October. The event wouldn’t have been possible without Sasha, her assistant Emily and of course my big sister Pip. They all worked so hard in the run up to the event, and with their contacts and publicity we had hundreds of pairs of shoes donated. On the night I was absolutely staggered to see so many shoes; every style, size and colour you could possibly imagine. There was a great turn out and we raised a lot of money for the China fund. Unfortunately Sasha couldn’t be there on the night, but Pip and Emily did a fantastic job and worked their asses off to ensure everything was displayed well and priced correctly. And of course, I am very grateful to all the shoe lovers that came along and bought some shoes. I hope you all enjoyed the evening as much as I did.
I also want to thank again all the people that sponsored me for my Channel row that I did just before I came out here. It seems like a distant memory now, but everyone was extremely generous with their support and I can only apologise for not being able to thank everyone individually for their sponsorship.
And I would like my family to know just how amazing and supportive they have been. From the first time I mentioned China (well once they realised I wasn’t joking) they were all adamant that we would find a way to make it happen. They all trusted my instincts when I said that this is where I thought I needed to be, and they have helped make it a reality.
The surgery I have had, in my opinion, has made the trip worthwhile even if I do not make any progress on the rehab programme. It may not have been a ‘miracle cure’ surgery, but it has prevented further damage and future complications. And although I had a lot of spinal cord damage from my accident, that never stopped me before, so I am even more determined now that the cyst and bone fragments have been removed. The way I think of it is that in the UK I was trying to reconnect the damaged nerves through aggressive exercise rehabilitation, but there was a brick wall in the way in the form of a large cyst and some bone fragments. So it was pretty much going to be a losing battle. But now I have had that brick wall knocked down and am trying once again to re-build the broken connections through aggressive physical rehab. Whether my body is capable of this or not, I have no idea, but I have got the best possible chance out here in China than I do probably anywhere else in the world.
So, once again, thank you to everyone that has made this possible for me, and I will try to make you all proud to have supported me.