Regular followers of this blog will know that 2019 was a rather negative one for me and although still not 100%, I’m determined for 2020 to be a much more positive year – and that starts with thinking positively.
I therefore wanted to write a post with a list of ten things that I have achieved with my various autoimmune conditions – not just to promote what can be done whilst living with chronic conditions given the right attitude, determination and application – but also to remind myself of what I have been able to accomplish as I go through a low point in my disease currently.
- Completed the Great North Run in 1h 51m with two cracked ribs and a significantly swollen ankle (raised £700 for Arthritis Research UK)
- Played league Rugby (inc. Most Improved 2nd Team Player after my first season and appearing for the 1st team in only my second season)
- Completed RideLondon 100 mile charity ride for Cancer Research UK (raised over £1000)
- Played league Hockey for Harleston Magpies for almost 10 seasons, captaining two sides
- Toured the country in a band for 7 years, signed to a minor record label, released two albums and shared the billing with some of my idols
- Completed my BSc Degree (with honours) at home with the Open University when I was in my 30’s after having to take a Diploma first time around after my health stopped me completing my 3rd year when I was 21
- Got out of a wheelchair when I was 13 and have never gone back
- Overcome a mental health episode of psychosis in my mid-twenties brought on by my physical health
- Ridden racehorses and was offered a job at a professional stable after a work experience programme at school
- Got married and fathered a beautiful baby boy
So although I feel completely lost at the moment whilst my body doesn’t allow me to play sport or a guitar; this list serves to remind me that I have tried my hand at a whole range of things and succeeded – and I’ll do it again. I’m just in between hobbies and successes right now.
Who knows, perhaps blogging is that next achievement?