This week I was back to work after 12 days of annual leave. The leave was welcome and my trip to Madrid really was great. At the minute my next trip abroad will be to Kilimanjaro in September and that really does feel like a long way away. But I am sure that it will come about a lot quicker in reality. I swear that the days, weeks, months and years just seem to pass you by quicker and quicker as you get older and I don’t feel particularly old. I am still on call with the ISAR team for a further 3 months and a trip away could come up anytime. Albeit that sort of trip will not be for relaxation or leisure and would have very real and most likely quite drastic implications for the people of an effected country.
It is a strange position to be. We train regularly for the worst case scenarios. But to put our training into practice, someone, somewhere will be suffering. As much as I like helping people you would not wish those kind of events on anyone. There may be a lot of us humans here on this earth, but ultimately mother nature has the ability to be destructive beyond comprehension. But I guess that is why there are international teams such as UKISAR to help pick up the pieces when it all goes south.
I am lucky that I have been in the profession that I aimed for since the age of 18. I am thankful that things worked out the way they did and that I have the job and life that I do. There are definitely a lot of people out there who haven’t been anywhere near as lucky as I have been and we must all remember that when we are moaning about the most trivial things. Life could be very different for every single one of us.
“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries” – James Michener
At this minute in time I do not feel particularly great. What started out as a tickly cough seems to have gotten a bit worse over the past few days. My back is now extremely sore and moving about is hurting a bit. It feels a bit like a chest infection but I haven’t been to a doctor so I don’t know that for sure. Not what I need with just over one week to the Inverness Half Marathon. I am really hoping that I shift this before then. I will be completing the half marathon one way or another. I just really hope I don’t have what ever this is then. That would be less than ideal.
It is really frustrating me. I have been building up to this first event and the beginning of my challenges for what feels like ages now and this really wasn’t in the plan. I am going to take a couple days of good rest and hopefully that sorts me out. But what I am trying to remember, is that those who are fighting cancer have unexpected hurdles to cross all along the way. Their journey towards being cancer free is never easy and I guess this is helping put that back in perspective for me. In a month or two (I can’t remember the exact day) it will be a year since mum was diagnosed for the second time. I can’t really believe that a year has passed already and so much has happened since then.
As always I still really need your help. If I am to hit this target we really need to spread this message of positivity, of overcoming adversity and the ability to tackle massive challenges together. I know for a fact that if we are able to get enough people on board then raising £1 million is quite simple really. But getting the people on board is difficult and I would ask that you keep sharing the things I get up to. I know that it may seem a bit repetitive and you may tire of hearing from me a bit. But I can assure you that every time you help out on social media or mention what I am trying to do to people you are helping beat cancer. The more awareness and discussion there is about this disease will only help towards putting an end to it once and for all. £1 is all it takes to make a difference and I am extremely thankful to every single one of you who have made a donation towards the things that I am doing.
It is my intention over the coming weeks to look at other possible running events for this year. When I first made the decision to try and raise this money, a lot of the running events for this year had not opened for registration and I signed up for those that I could. It is my intention to try and get ones that work around my shifts and hopefully that shouldn’t be too hard to achieve. Google is mighty handy when it comes to trying to find different things to take part in. The ‘Scottish running guide’ is a particularly handy website. It lists all of the various events and the associated details which makes finding suitable events much easier. I definitely want to get some other events in my diary though so this is going to become a priority.
This coming week I am going to be at Brechin High School giving a talk to the senior pupils about my fundraising and my motivation for doing it. Hopefully it will give some of them the encouragement to help charities like Cancer Research UK out by fundraising for them. I am sure I said right back at the start that this journey was as much about raising lots of money as well as spreading a positive message and this is hopefully the start of being able to take that to a wider audience. If it goes well hopefully it’ll be the start of a series of sorts where I will be able to talk to larger groups about the things that I am getting up to.
“Everyone goes through adversity in life, but what matters is how you learn from it” – Lou Holtz
Thank you as always.