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Saturday, 2 July 2011

Reasons to smile...

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to read my blog & for embarking upon this voyage of discovery with me. 
I appreciate that the nature of the subject of dealing with disability, may not always be the most light hearted & jovial; in order to counteract the earnestness of such, I have decided to post a daily Reason To Smile in addition to my regular posts on my thoughts & feelings pertaining to living with disability.
This daily Reason to Smile, may be a photo, thought, song, quote or video- whatever makes me stop & smile that day.
I dearly hope that these posts will remind us all that whatever we may be dealing with each day, if we spare a moment to focus on something that makes us grateful, there is always something that can make us smile; even if it is only for a few precious moments before life sucks us back into it's banal daily grind.
Happy 2nd July 2011 everyone; here is today’s Reason to Smile…

My rock; my husband; my best friend; my Monkey!- (He's going to kill me for that one!).
Garry & I have been together for five & a half years. Having only been dating a mere six months when my car crash took place; Garry admirably hastily adapted to the roles of carer & counsellor, whilst juggling them proficiently with those of boyfriend, ‘Daddy’-( to our puppy Barley!) & pilot to the RAF.
Garry has a terribly cheesy sense of humour & will always be there with a crap joke or ten should I need perking up! 
My dear husband believes that he is more 16 than 36 & despite steadily progressing along that rocky road to the big 4 0, he regularly insists upon taking up new pastimes such as dirt biking & skateboarding- I don't think I need to elaborate from here; I'm sure that it's fairly obvious that this story doesn't end well!
It's the sheer abandonment that comes with these pursuits that I find so endearing & in such contrast to the temperance & competence that Garry demonstrates in his work life. 

Garry proposed in 2008 at the end of a twelve & a half hour long Ironman Triathlon- (another of his crazy extreme pursuits!) & we were married in 2009 in full RAF white wedding stylie! It's such a cheesy cliché, but it was truly the best day of my life!

The thought of my husband; his foolishness, bravery, patience, support & unfailing dedication to me throughout my transition into life with a disability- that makes me smile this & every day.
Happy 2nd July everyone; treasure those closest to you. They are so incredibly precious!

Barbados a month before my accident
Garry needing the wheelchair more than I on a night out on the Isle of Wight!