Merry Christmas

Hello there!

Although the website is still very much a work in progress, I am eager to write the first post and get things started.

This Sunday will be the 18th of December, which means…it’s only 4 months until the 18th of April! This is the day we fly from Manchester to Bangkok and our adventure begins.

2016 has been a very turbulent year. Rachel and I met on the 1st of April 2016 and at that time I was battling with serious anxiety and depression. She helped me through the worst of that. After only a few weeks, we decided to travel, I moved back home to save and voila, just after our first anniversary, we are going to travel South East Asia and Australia together. Pretty cool huh?

However, such is life, about two months ago, My Nanna was diagnosed with bowel cancer. She had already beat breast cancer 3 times, survived heart attacks, had her spleen ruptured and lived a very difficult life. She had to undergo a major operation for the bowel cancer, which was a success, however, she was sent home too early. She was very weak and was soon back in the hospital with a collapsed lung and pneumonia.

At the same time this was going on, my mam had a breast cancer scare, my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer and I was having some issues at work and, excusing the Game of Thrones cliche – Winter was coming. I always struggle at Christmas time as I lost my Dad on the 1st of November. Anxiety and depression crept back in.

My Step Dad then had an operation on a saliva gland in his neck, got sent home too early, had some complications and got rushed into hospital as he couldn’t breathe. He underwent surgery and was put into an induced coma for a few days. After a week or so, he was sent home and thankfully survived the ordeal.

My mam was given the all clear, My Nanna was sent home again and is now mobile again, although my nan and aunt are still fighting their battles, I felt better seeing them home and mobile again. They are true warriors. They are such strong, wonderful people.

This all happened in the past few months and made me realise and appreciate how valuable time is. The flame that was in my belly, is now a roaring blaze that nothing can extinguish.

From this point on, my advice to anybody would be, if you want to do something, just do it, no matter what it takes, do what you enjoy and do what you want to do because life really is too short.

Although I struggle in the winter and at Christmas, I am grateful to have my family here with me before we set off for our travels next year. I will ensure they have great Christmas and to anybody reading this I hope that you do too.

Craig x


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