There have only been two weeks of my entire life that haven’t had Hannah in them as we were born exactly two weeks apart. We have grown up pretty much side by side being raised in the same village and had an incredible childhood of playing, dressing up, sleepovers and holidays.
At school we endured the ‘Litchfield-King’ stigma that our dads had been kind enough to set up for us. As a result, we were never allowed to sit next to each other in class, even before proving that we could behave.
The first step we took away from each other was when we got places at different universities, me at Kingston, Hannah at Bath. The second was when I decided to go travelling. I can vividly remember answering Hannah’s call while hiding from the torrential rain in Luang Probang, Laos. She told me had been diagnosed with a brain tumour but that she was fine and recovering from a second operation to remove it. I thought back to times when she’d been suffering with bad headaches the reason now clear but at 25 years old I don’t think a tumour comes into anyone’s mind.
Being away for the whole process from diagnosis, treatment and recovery was hard. The next time I saw Hannah was when she flew out to meet me in Sydney. We have made a lot of epic memories together over the years but the ones made Down under are extra special.
I can’t credit Hannah enough for how brave and strong she has been dealing with her illness. Her positivity is inspiring.
Hannah’s 28th birthday is on 10th October and that weekend I will be running the London Parks half marathon. Please support me if you can in meeting my goal to raise £500 for this amazing charity.
Thank you to The Nationality Brain Appeal and Don't forget to Gift Aid it!