|Photo taken from my Instagram indy_annaj|
I was told to have a quiet Christmas and see how I was in the new year. My mum and I were offered nothing else despite being so poorly that a brain tumour was mentioned at one point along the way.
This Saturday I will turn 27. That 21 year old girl had no idea how strong and resilient she was and how she would need to be each and every day for the next 5 years. She had no idea that she would lose so much of her life and yet gain so much more. Ultimately, she had no idea that it would last this long. I have been changed and bent beyond recognition by my ill health but I have not been broken. And I hope I never will be.
I hate to think of where I would, or perhaps wouldn't, be without my incredible parents, my sister and brothers, my family, my boyfriend, the friends I've kept and made along the way, and the fellow sufferers who hold my hand when my body won't work the way it should. I have made more progress than many others in such a 'short' space of time. I may never be able to work or look after myself properly. There are many things I may never get to experience. Yet I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. 5 years ago today I could not have dreamed of the quality of life I have now.