Highs and lows of 2011

I was tagged by Red Rose Mummy. Thank you!

2011 was a very challenging year. If it wasn’t for my lovely fiancé and daughter (and my parents too) it would of been a bit rubbish!

1. What was your happiest event?
We have had a tough year last year but the happiest event was seeing my daughter’s face when we went to see Chris and Pui at Burnley Mechanics. Miss A loves Show Me Show Me and seeing Chris and Pui made her day!

2. What was the saddest thing to happen?
I think the saddest thing to happen was the day that I found out that I had a tumour in my parotid gland. I had four cancer scares last year but the previous three was cleared up by scans. This one was found when I had my MRI scan of my brain. I was quite upset when I had a phone call from the hospital saying they had found an abnormality in my parotid gland. But in the end, after an operation to remove it, it was found to be benign!

3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did?

Not a lot happened last year due to my health. Perhaps me going with my fiancé and our daughter to see Chris and Pui, it was two days after my operation, so I thought I would of been unable to go. But I managed it, just!

4. Who let you down?

No one really.

5. Who supported you?

My fiance has been very supportive. I am amazed what he has done for us. He has a full-time job and he still has time for us and to work on the house (we are fully refurbishing the house). He was great when I had my operation, he looked after Miss A really well! Oh and when I ended up in hospital with my gallstones!
My parents have been very supportive too. They live quite a way from me but when I was going through my health problems, they were there, by phone. That means a lot to me.

6. Tell us something you learned.

I have started to learn not to worry so much. It doesn’t get me anywhere. I am a born worrier and it is a hard thing to stop doing but I will get there!

7. Tell us one thing that made you laugh.

It has to be this blog post by Northern Mum. I laughed so much, I cried!
8. Tell us one thing that made you cry.
My daughter was having a nap when I found out I had an abnormality in my parotid gland. Giving her a cuddle when she woke up really did make me cry. I felt so bad afterwards as she did not know what was wrong. I just couldn’t help it!

9. Tell us three things your child did to make you proud.

I am always proud of my daughter and this has been a difficult question to answer.

1) I love the way my daughter thinks the world of her dad! She goes mad when he comes home from work, makes me very happy!

2) I love the fact that she has learn’t to say “I…you” for I love you. She says it quite a lot, normally with a cuddle.

3) I was very proud of my daughter when she started using her Megabloks properly. It is another sign of her growing up.

10. Tell us one thing that made you proud of yourself.

One thing that has made me proud of myself is the way I have bounced back since my operation, it wasn’t easy but I done my best making sure it didn’t get me down. The fact that even now I am still a bit sore and I still have pain when I eat, I could of dealt with it a lot worse than what I have done. The fact that it was benign helped!

11. Tell us one challenge you overcame.

It has to be my operation. I have not had an operation like that since I was a child, and I can’t remember that. After my operation I could barely eat. I had to have liquid meals for a few days and very soft food (couldn’t open my mouth). I still can’t open my mouth fully but at least I can eat most things!

12. Is there anything you would like to change about your life in 2012.

I would like to have another baby. it feels like the right time. I also would like to start doing more and more things. I want to get into crafts, watching more films, playing more computer games with my fiance (when my daughter is in bed of course!) and just have more fun. I feel like I have got a second chance in life and I want to make good use of my time!

At the time of making this blog post, no one responded to my “do you want to be tagged” tweet. If you do want to be tagged, then let me know 🙂

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