Autumn/ Winter 2019

Autumn was a very beautiful time and we managed to do so much. We started off in October in Norfolk with a week away with family celebrating our wedding anniversary, Rob’s birthday and the 6th anniversary of my heart and double lung transplant. It was a very special time for all of us being together.

We also enjoyed a couple of visits back to our home in Cumbria, enjoying some glorious autumn days and sunshine and of course the beautiful Lake District scenery.

November was a very busy one, Rob spent quite a lot of time rehearsing for his play at the Barn Theatre, The Railway Children in readiness for December when it was running in the lead up to Christmas. We also held our Transplant Support Group Christmas party and attended the PH Support Group Christmas party too. We enjoyed a lovely Christmas family get together on the Nene Valley Railway too. That’s become an annual habit now and this year we had our beautiful Darcy. It seemed the Christmas festivities started in November.

In December we sneaked in another visit to Cumbria and enjoyed doing a little Christmas shopping and seeing the Christmas lights and cosy log fires everywhere. We were busy preparing for Christmas and Rob performed in his play. We enjoyed another family get together when we all went along to see him.

Actual Christmas was another wonderful family time. I was pleased I’d managed another December away from hospital. We did catch colds, but we all had it, I was lucky mine didn’t turn serious and the fact that we all had the same virus meant we could be together. We enjoyed the Papworth Hospital Charity Christmas Annual Carol service – the first one I’d been well enough in December for since my transplant, so that felt an achievement.

We finished December with another family outing to see the ‘Enchanted Christmas Lights’ at Audley End, an English Heritage place. This was lovely, we had perfect dry and mild weather conditions and the lights were amazing. We enjoyed the fun fayre with Freddie and toasted marshmallows and then finished off with hot dogs and mulled wine for supper.

It was a lovely end to another great year. A year where we felt we’d spent so much lovely time with family and friends and made so many happy memories once more. Despite my health setback in April, I’ve managed to go the longest run yet in the last three years without needing intravenous antbiotics or an actual hospital visit. A chance to get a little stonger, despite my lungs being a little frail. That’s got to be a positive way to end the year.