It’s a word people seem to say to me a lot recently. Although it is a kind thing to say I’m not sure I warrant the title. Is it because they believe I am strong? Not in physical strength but a mental/emotional way? I however am not so sure. I don’t know if I would be so strong if I had lost my hair through chemotherapy or be made to stay in hospital for long periods of time, not be able to work or enjoy spending time with my family and friends. These are the things in life that this cancer can bury before anything else and luckily for me, I have not been deprived of.
Last week saw myself along with 6 others in our team complete Tough Mudder in a very respectful time. Throughout the course we were cheered on by people who saw our Bloodwise t-shirts and patted us on the back. Some told their stories of losing loved ones to blood cancer and thanking us for raising money for the cause. It really was a very tough and emotional day but worth every minute as we have managed to raise nearly £4,000!!
I think the main thing that we all took from taking part in this event, is that we may not have completed it unless we were raising money for Bloodwise and we may not have been raising money if I hadn’t have been dealt this disease.
So you see, the word inspiration is relative…something or somebody that influences you to do something that you may not usually do.
Cancer has inspired me…to do all the things I want, without questioning or worrying. ……. So if I can then inspire others to do the same without having to suffer an illness or loss then that makes me very happy and I will try and accept the appellation.