1. What was your happiest event?
Moving into our new home here in Exeter I think has to possibly be the happiest event of last year. Everything is a bit of a blur to be honest!!
2. What was the saddest thing to happen?
Well there were a couple of things. Early in the New Year being at my Uncle’s funeral was very sad.
And having to say goodbye to all my London friends before I moved was hard. Even though I know I will see many of them again, there is quite a distance now between us. Can’t nip over for a cuppa anymore! Saying goodbye too to all of the wonderful professionals that have been involved in our lives since J arrived, some of which were particularly hard. I cried alot in those final days!!
3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?
Ha! I’d say actually moving house!! There were several times during the process that we thought it was going to fall to pieces including the morning of exchange. It was really a most hideous process and one I wish never to repeat quite frankly. And me starting to learn to drive again. Never would have imagined that at the beginning of the year!
4. Who let you down?
Cheltenham & Gloucester. Bastardos.
5. Who supported you?
Our families particularly came through in our most needy hours last year and helped make our dreams a reality. We are indebted (quite literally).
Action for Kids charity paid for a walker for J which we could never have afforded. He still loves using it and it’s so great to see him be able to walk himself round!
Family Fund are funding me learning to drive which is amazing. Sense & the NDCS have also been good support in the last year too.
Close friends supported me in many many ways. Particular initials of J, H, S and E stand out in my mind; and having the good fortune to meet many lovely heart families here in Exeter. It’s such a fab community.
6. Tell us one thing you learned
The Highway Code, inside and out.
7. Tell us one thing that made you laugh
Goodness, so many things made me laugh. I like laughing, it’s good for the soul. Might sound odd but swimming in the sea for the first time in about six years, it being so cold I had to keep catching my breath but loving it at the same time.
8. Tell us one thing that made you cry
Thinking about my Nan who never got to meet J. She died three weeks after he was born and he was in special care. I still miss her and it still makes me feel sad.
9. Tell us three things your child or children did to make you feel proud.
J makes me proud every day. Everything is so much harder for him, he is such a complex little fella yet full of sunshine. There have been many small steps in his development over the last year that to many wouldn’t seem that amazing but for J they are amazing and he has achieved so much.
10. Tell us one thing that made you proud of yourself.
Shouting about the lack of support for parents of Deaf children in regards to learning BSL. We got in the local paper and on the news and as a result meeting many new and interesting people.
11. Tell us one challenge you overcame
Having my first driving lesson in over 20 years. I never thought I would ever learn to drive again.
12.Tell us three things you would like to change about your life in 2013.
The inevitable lose some weight, get fit and pass all my upcoming exams.