Andy's Story

Andy Blagden is a young man, married to Charlotte and has 3 children; Lauren, Katie and Nathan. (The children were 12, 9 & 2.5 years old at the time of diagnosis).
Andy was diagnosed with a tumour in his spinal cord in June 2013. The tumour was at spinal level Cervical 3 going down to Thoracic 2 (C3-T2). This is incredibly high up the neck and the only option was to operate. This in itself was not without risk but after a 15-16 hour operation the tumour had been removed. The outlook was good. Then Andy became ill....
Early September Andy contracted pneumonia and then sepsis, Andy's kidneys then failed and he was put on constant dialysis for a month and required a blood transfusion during this time.
Andy came through all this but he now lives with the consequences; paralysed from the shoulders down and unable to breathe without ventilatory support, this is his ongoing story of rehabilitation with the goal of getting back home to his family and his future.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

It's been a while...........

It's been a long time since I wrote on here, for several reasons. 

One of those reasons was BIRTHDAYS! 

It's been Lauren's 16th birthday, Katie's 13th birthday, me and my twin sister's 40th birthday along with my Mum, Mother-in-law and Father-in-law all having birthdays in February, March and early April. (And Mother's Day too!)

At the beginning of March, my sister and I went away to North Wales for 5 days rest and peace. I've been in need of a time away for a while to get away from the constant busyness of life with complex disability and 3 kids. It was a good time away, we did what we wanted when we wanted with none of the usual constraints of our respective home lives.

I then had the next two weekends out with different friend groups celebrating my birthday with meals out and watching 'Beauty and the beast' at the cinema too.

The last weekend I spent with my other sister and Katie at her place in the New Forest and doing the 'Go Ape' course which was good fun, despite me realising my upper body strength is not as strong as it was the last time I did this!! 

1 comment:

  1. Lovely post. Thank you so much for sharing this experience with us. I really liked your post and I wish you a happy and healthy life a head