Jussie sails with Clipper 11-12

Jussie sails with Clipper 11-12
I sailed the last leg (8) in 2012 - USA,Nova Scotia,Ireland,Netherlands & UK. Travelling 4,000 miles, approx 22 days at sea, with 4 races in this leg.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

December's Snowy News




Hey everyone,

It's snowing!!!!!!!!!!! woo!! get your wellington boots out!

Where has time flown? I haven't posted recently - so apologies from me, as I have been so busy. So much has happened, and I haven't found the time to write up my news - until now :)

So...it will be a briefer blog as the build up to Christmas now (yippy), and I may not have time to write again until next year.

So much has happened to me in 2009....maybe a couple downs, but, mostly ups and highs (and not the kind from my medications..ok)...just life being brilliant and achieving goals that I thought were not possible (Transplant Games medals/10 mile Bupa Run); winning the Essex Achievers Award (Against all Odds category)...travelling about in different countries in April and then my recent trip in November to Croatia!

2009, has also been a sad year loosing close friends who never recieved their life saving transplants in time, or loosing their fight against ill health. I often wonder, why did I get lucky...and not my friends. Truth is, there still isn't enough donors here in the UK - compared to other European countries. The statistics are 96% people they would readily accept an organ if their life depended on it, but only 27% actually have joined the organ donor register!!!!!!!!!!!!

The photo here, is with the background view of Dubrovnik in Croatia. I will still write about my time travelling there, but, will have to do this now next year. I mean It is Christmas next week!!

I am very excited for Christmas this year, and look forward to seeing family and friends and those close to me. A time to eat, drink and be merry :)
I haven't done much exercise since my holiday in Croatia, and reckon will resume now in 2010. And if I'm honest, I'm quite tired from all the training that I have done for the Transplant Games...and will see what happens in '10, as to whether I continue to push myself as hard. Or just exercise to keep fit and stay healthy. Maybe, I might even give the Transplant Games a miss in 2011 (BUTtttttttt......obviously if I got selected for the World Transplant Games in 2010 for 2011 - I WILL continue training) xx

Highlights for 2010 will be the European Heart & Lung Transplant Games in Sweden, then the British Tx Games a few weeks later in Bath. My 4th year celebrating my transplant anniversary. And my goal for this year coming, is to learn how to play Squash and enter with this sport for the Transplant Games in Sweden/Bath. Yes, I am mad....but those who know me, know that I grasp at life with this second chance that I have been blessed with :). I also will continue campaigning/fundraising to raise awareness on LAM and Organ Donation through talks and various media next year.

Well, short and sweet. I wish you all a very happy and wonderful festive season, and a great New Year!! Hope my mates still waiting - do get their lives re-vamped like mine was, and more people register on the donor register.

STAY HAPPY & SMILE LOTS !!

Thanks for everyone's continued support x x x
Oh there is a heap of media work done this year, but due to technical issues - radio, newspapers, and other articles done - they haven't all been able to be published on here. Lucky for me, I keep cut outs (except for the radio kind..haha) - so, one day someone can view everything that I have done over 5 - now entering my 6th year campaigning! :) xx

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