I apologise if I repeat myself in this week's blog, but last Friday, Amy and I attended the Headway awards Luncheon at The Dorchester Hotel, on Park Lane, in London; yes the same Park Lane which is one of the more expensive purple properties on the Monopoly board! Which gives you an idea of how posh an awards do it was! We felt incredibly honoured to be able to attend such an event, and it was amazing to rub shoulders with the likes of so many inspirational people, such as James Cracknell, who handed out the awards; admittedly I would have to stand on a chair to rub shoulders with the likes of him, as he is considerably taller than me.
But I felt such an incredibly proud boyfriend watching my amazing girlfriend Amy go up on stage to collect her special award for being one of the Carers Of The Year, she didn't win the top prize but she knows she is our winner anyway. I think meeting James Cracknell was winning enough! She still received a framed certificate which now stands proudly on the chest of drawers in our bedroom, so we can see it every day when we wake up in the morning, as if I needed anymore evidence to show me how awesome Amy is. I know I have spoken many words about how amazing Amy has been, but I really haven't done her justice. I won't attempt to explain everything she does, or has done for me, because there are not enough words, just like there are not enough words to thank her for everything she has done for me.
She is quite simply an inspiration; studying a tough, and demanding, course such as the PGCE, which requires doing work every night at home following a full day's work at a school; it is certainly not for the faint hearted! As well as this, she also works eight hours a week at Waitrose, on Monday and Friday evenings, but, as is so typical of her, she works behind the scenes in the online shopping department, so don't go running around Waitrose trying to find her!
So, as well as studying to be a primary school teacher, and working at Waitrose; she is also my carer, and I hope you will pardon my language momentarily, but she is a bloody good one at that. Always looking out for me, never putting herself first; she always tells me a story from her university days in London, where she was studying drama, when she always preferred to be the supporting lady, not the leading lady, and that sums her up perfectly.
What was also nice after everything to have happened was to have both of our families together in the same room at the awards, enjoying a few laughs, instead of being separated by the 200 miles between the South coast and the East Midlands.
We are extremely lucky to come from the families we do and even though it was Amy picking up the award, it certainly felt like a collective effort, as so many people have been involved with my recovery, both in a hands-on way, or an emotionally supportive one.
Also, as we do not get to see our families so much, it was just nice to spend a bit of time with them, especially with Christmas on the horizon.
Both Amy and I are so thankful to come from amazing families; a fact we recognise even more after everything to have happened. So it was lovely to spend such a great day with the people we love so much.
Seeing as we were in the capital, we also took the opportunity to visit Amy's brother, Connor, who is studying to be a doctor at St George's University in Tooting, which was great. So the whole trip truly was a family affair and a happy one at that. We just wish we could have shared it with all of the many people who have helped us so much on our journey. But they were there with us in spirit. Also we were already the biggest party ever to attend with a nominee!