Just a little update….
J has now finished college for the year and hopefully passed her GCSE maths which she missed due to being in hospital in her final school year.
She has also been doing Health and Social Care and wants to do Nursing. She has been volunteering at the Hospital and enjoys it.
J doesn’t need to see her consultant or physio for a year now and it’s only to keep her on their books if she decides to have further surgery to remove muscle from elsewhere, grow tendons and attach them to see if she gets any fine motor movement, which she has none currently. It is something for her to consider within the next year.
J missed the opportunity to go to NCS, a government outdoor adventure scheme aimed at year 11’s. However, she got a place on it this year. She was excited for the challenges and activities but anxious as she knew nobody.
J has took part in kayaking, she had to go with a leader as she couldn’t hold the oar. She has been Gorge walking, she kept falling over and had to be hoisted up as she couldn’t pull herself up. She jumped off cliffs even though she isn’t water confident since her injury. She has done challenges in the youth hostel and out planked everyone else! Today she went on a walk up mountains and when she put her hoody on her peers noticed her arm and asked lots of questions. She was wiggling it like jelly and making them laugh or be grossed out!
Today the group’s had to do reflection and write who was your inspiration and who was challenged and the leader and some of the group said J was their inspiration!
There was an awards night and everyone voted for J to have the ‘biggest journey’ award, then the leader decided to make a new award and ask all the leaders to agree with it and every single leader voted for J to get the wave leader award and everyone was cheering for her!
I feel so proud to be sharing and to be a part of J’s journey. She is a true inspiration who has a positive mental attitude, she is proud of the skin she has and rightly so as every scar is part of her journey. She isn’t body conscious and is comfortable in her crop tops and shorts.
She has shown great resilience, determination, a positive mental attitude and confidence. I couldn’t be more proud of my warrior.