I have this friend called Katie, who is really ill. She has chronic pain, and is on a million-and-one medications I can’t even think about pronouncing. We met because I know her auntie, and that woman – equally as fabulous as her niece – thought that we’d get along.
I lost my sight three years ago in December, and was really struggling to keep going, and to instil within myself a more optimistic outlook. So, as exam season was just starting, she reached out to me, and we chatted for hours. It only took days for me to feel as though I’d known her a lifetime; although our disabilities are very different (as well as her pain, she is hearing impaired and has cerebral palsy), and the challanges we have to overcome are utterly dissimilar in every which way – she can’t imagine walking with a cane, I can’t imagine having to wear hearing aids! – we were able to bond and help one another to deal with any dark times that came our way.
Somehow, we muddled through exams, and we were both thrilled on results day – all our hard work had payed off! In the summer, I went to go and visit her at the seaside town where she lives for the day, and it was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. We ate salty chips on the seafront and she laughed at my genuine petrification whenever a seagull so much as breathed too close to me, giggled as we soared over the waves in a speedboat, ate so much ice cream we could have exploded and spun round and around on insanely fast rides. I remember falling into bed that night completely exhausted, and spending the whole of the next morning in a fatigued, enervated trance, but nothing could detract from the amazing memories that we had shared that day.
The reason I’m writing this is because I know she’s really not too well at the minute, and because – as much as she smiles and jokes about being on drugs – I know that, sometimes, it’s hard for her. I wanted to give her something that will always be here when she needs it, a reminder that she is strong, and beautiful, and the most wonderful, inspiring and motivating individual I have ever met.
I love you lots like jelly tots Defo Sepho – remember that, when times get tough, you will always have MC Blindie in your corner! You are absolutely fantastic, and I am so grateful to know you every single day. Never forget that you deserve the world, and should never be afraid to reach out if you need support. Keep fighting Katie.
Do any of you have friends that inspire you? Or, alternatively, are you going through a difficult time right now and need a friend to support you? If you need anyone, my Twitter DMs and email are always open.
Until next time,