2 months ago I broke my leg, and as part of my rehabilitation process I'm challenging myself to go for a long walk on Sunday 8th September for Classic FM's Big Walk.
On June 15th, I fell over and fractured my lower fibula during my hen do... 4 weeks before my wedding. It wasn't the ideal timing to say the least! I was in a boot with crutches for 3 weeks but, with a lot of luck and with the help of the wonderful team at the Barnet Fracture Clinic, it healed just in time for me to walk down the aisle and dance/hop (!) at our wedding.
During the time I was on crutches, I was so much more aware of disability access and people living with diabilities. I was given a very, very small insight into this world and the challenges involved. I heavily relied on the support network of my colleagues, friends, family and fiancé, as well as complete strangers who would often stop to check I was ok during a busy commute or on the street. I was blown away by the kindness I was shown, but I can only begin to imagine how it must feel every day to live with (or care for someone with) a disability or illness.
I'm walking for the brilliant charities supported by Make Some Noise, for the children and families living with disabilities every day, and for all the beautiful brides who may never be able to walk down the aisle on their wedding day.