Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Got a text from Gaz’s mum this morning when I was out and about “OMG, it’s here, the hydro pack has arrived...seems v real!” Rushed home and opened the door to promptly trip over my very own Hydro active pack. I took a little more care than last year (where I may or may not have ripped the edge of the number due to over excited opening) And there it was. My running number. Well walking number. Imagine my surprise too when I opened the magazine to find my masked and fairy-dressed self splashed across the CF page. Am v honoured that they chose that pic, it was very strange looking at it thinking that was only a year ago.

It all feels so different from last year, preparation wise I mean, as this time I am actually walking the whole thing. I really want to push to get our sponsorship up now; if anyone is reading this at work, maybe you could send the link (www.justgiving.com/emilysangels2007) round and ask everyone to donate a pound or something…every little helps! I have purchased new jogging bottoms in the hope that this somehow makes me go a bit faster and further in my training. Said joggers are also intended on preventing me from going to the gym in my PJ bottoms ever again. What can I say, there’s dedication for you.

Last year in September sometime, I put a stats counter on my blog, just out of pure curiosity to see what kind of readership I was getting (also to see whether it was actually just my grandparents reading this). I haven’t checked it for ages, probably not since my transplant, so got a bit of a shock when I read the current total of visits (not views, individual visits) stands at 113,028. In the last 11 months. That’s quite a lot really. Still quite comprehend that people have come to read about my life that many times, it’s a little overwhelming.

I have another two talks booked, from a lady who heard about me from her friend who attended another talk I did. I really enjoy doing these talks (waffling is after all my speciality) and leave feeling good as I think I have raised just that little bit more awareness and hopefully made my listeners think. Plus I get to talk about me and that can hardly be a bad thing...

Thank you so much to those who replied to my last post; I found the advice and support very helpful, I really do appreciate it.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I read your blog all the time so I'm not surprised many others read it too - you write so honestly and naturally - do you think your Richard and Judy contact could help you get your blog published??!! I think it really deserves an even wider audience, reading your words are so life-enhancing and would mean so much to so many people, not just those of us who are affected by CF. You are an inspiration, x

Emmie said...

I'm suprised there haven't been a million hits in the last 11 months judging by the fact that during your recovery period most of us were checking for updates 10 times a day! Even now I check daily and get annoyed when you've had something better to do than sit blogging haha! ;o)

Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blog for several months now - since you received your transplant. I'm waiting for a transplant myself (single lung) and find your upbeat attitude to life upliifting and encouraging, especially on the 'down' days.

Hannah said...

I spotted the CF page too. What a triumphant picture! I hope this year's is even better!
I'm running for Leukaemia CARE with my sister.
Good luck, enjoy and maybe I'll see you there ;-)

Flipper said...

I didn't receive my race number today (my Mum and the rest of the developed world apparently did. Hurrah for being the fairy faced covergirl, though.

I did, however, get a donated replacement door for the manky vandalised one on my car, which I feel could be a useful place to put some donor register publicity material since it is red and the rest of the car is blue and it does stand out a bit already!

I plan to wear a CF Trust t-shirt and some stripy tights to walk the Hydroactive thigummy. Or maybe some really inappropriate shoes...

Anonymous said...

Emily, keep up the good work. I need to get in shape for a brain tumor walk in November. I think it is a 5k also.

You'll be my inspiration.

Love, Randall

Jac said...

I'm pretty sure the new jogging bottoms will make all the difference in your training ;-) That extra energy burst is sure to come on the day, and also you will probably be so busy chatting to all the other people walking round that you wont even notice how far you have gone!!

Higs xx