Weʼre raising £1,500 to I would like the help of those kind people out there to help me realise a dream,that both my Husband (decd)and I wanted to do before I die.
- Worthing West Sussex
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I am now nearly 70 but in 1983 when I was 35 I had a terrible accident caused by a dog colliding with the back of my legs causing irreparable damage, the Surgeons were super and really tried to correct all the damage, then one night I had terrible pain only to find that I had gangrene, my limb was subsequently amputated 6" above the knee, that has left me disabled for life. It was very difficult for my late Husband who was my carer, he looked after me so kindly and well. We had a wonderful marriage for 38 years, until one day after we had got back from looking after our bees(we were both Beekeepers ) I made him a cup of tea and as I gave it to him he just keeled over and died from a massive heart attack. He had always been fit and well with annual health checks, nothing had been found wrong at those. As you can imagine I was devastated, beside myself with horror, we both loved each other so much we could never imagine ever being separated, soul mates I think it is called, he was only 61 and I was 58. It was a terrible shock. . My Son and his lovely Fiancee looked after me for about a year, bless them I don't know where I would have been without them, all my youngsters were very supportive whilst going through their own grieving process. Now I was going to have to live alone and try to manage but have to pay for Carers. In 8+ years they have had over £90.000 and I am now living from hand to mouth existence, because any savings I had has gone on paying for 'Care'.
We had been determined to go to see Andre Rieu in concert in Maastricht in Holland for a few years. Now we can never ever go together, it is my dearest wish that I go there and enjoy one concert and possibly meet Andre Rieu, he has been an Idol of ours for a long time now, I have many DVDs of his, but they are not the same as experiencing the a concert live. Even better would be to dance in my wheelchair like the Light Infantry do in those beautiful dresses , I would love to be dressed like that. Who knows perhaps one of his team might read this and make it possible, well I can dream, can't I ?
i met my husband when I was helping to teach Ballroom at a local Dance Studio, it really was love at first sight. The Strauss music is total addictive we both loved it and couldn't help dancing if it came on the radio or TV, off we would go dancing around the room. As this is the very last holiday I would ever manage, it is very special to me that I go, it would be for both of us, even though I am a Widow, he would be there in my heart.. I have got to find and pay for a carer to go with me to stay in the Hotel as well, so I don't really know how much it would all cost. But it would be such a very Special Magical Holiday.
This would be the very last treat I would ever have, please help me make it possible . Thank you to all those show kindness by helping me.
I would like those who read this to know, that I am not one of life's takers,. After my leg was amputated above the knee, I went to College to train as a Counsellor as there wasn't anyone to Counsel new amputees before their operation or after. It really needed to be someone who was amputated to understand it themselves, let alone the patient, what the they were going through, the mental Turmoil that goes with such a drastic surgery, if a non amputee tried I am sure they would be good at it, but I was in the ideal position to help, So training was the only answer. Before I qualified, I used to counsel on a voluntary basis, because it was really needed. There is so much that happens after you lose a limb, not least the basics of getting over it and moving on Phantom Pain has got to be the worst thing that happens, horrific pain in the leg and foot, you haven't got. Contrary to popular medical belief, it does not go away, it gets worse. I suffer with it 24/7 in my case it never goes away, so I understand all these things. My name became popular in this field and soon I was invited to other Hospitals around the Country to give lectures on Phantom Pain and what I describe as double disfigurement, the disfigurement you can see and the one no one can see.
I feel I have contributed to help others in many ways not least as a Counsellor, I am also a Fundraiser for 'Help for Heroes' as many of them are amputees, I have met many of these brave Soldiers who gave limbs to serve their Country. I climbed a little way up the mast of Tenacious with my artificial limb in 2008, Tenacious, is the largest sailing Barque in the world specially designed for disabled people, the Jubilee Trust who owns her does amazing work. For the climb I managed to donate both to the Jubilee Trust and also to Riding for the Disabled. Over the years I must have raised a lot of money for various good causes
so maybe someone can help me now.
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Read my story, it's heart breaking, I just wish I was bold enough to ask people but I am hoping they will read my page. I have had it suggested I contact Lord Sugar as he is a bit of a Hero of mine, but would be a little cheeky, what do you think, all my friends out there?
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