Today is quite a big milestone for me. This day, an entire year ago marked the beginning of a whirlwind series of events that changed my life. There were times there when it seemed all of my immediate hopes for the future had been pulled from under me.
This time last year I was down in theatre. I’d been poorly for a number of months, my periods had become irregular, I was getting excruciating pain in my abdomen. I had been in hospital for just shy of a week while they ruled out appendicitis & an ectopic pregnancy and finally told me what I’d told them months ago – I had two cysts on my ovary. They needed to remove them.
We’d been trying for a baby for over a year, more seriously in the last six months and we’d had no joy. Being a Mum was all I ever really wanted. I remember saying to the surgeon as he introduced himself ‘please don’t take my ovaries away’. The truth was, there was no guarantee.
Thankfully, four hours later I was taken back to the ward with my ovaries in tact and the two benign cysts removed.
This time last year I was working for a well known car company, Sean & I were living at home with my Mum & sister and were busy saving money ready to move out by Christmas. Little did I know I’d be fired from my job for taking my prescribed sick leave as certificated by the doctors 2 weeks later. It was then that I hit rock bottom. There was no way we would be able to afford to move and having a baby while still living at home was hardly practical. All of my plans were going to have to be put on hold.
After taking a month to do some freelance social media work for a friend, I was offered a marketing role at our local shopping center. It was part time and half the salary I had been on before, but it meant that I was back out there and we were able to move out in September. Five days after we moved in, I found out I was pregnant.
A year to the day later and here I am, sitting here in our home with my baby girl cuddled up on my lap and a whole lot of faith in the universe. Someone somewhere up there has got my back. If you’d told me we’d be here and blessed with the things we have today back then, I’d have laughed in your face. Actually, probably punched you in the face for being so bloody stupid. But the last year, my last year just goes to show that even when it seems like everything has gone to pot, things can change for the better as quickly as they changed for the worse.
Right now I feel like the luckiest person on the planet.