21.7.13

1 Year old...

Hi Blogland,

So I'm officially back online with the slowest internet in the world but I feel a little less disconnected from the world. I've had my phone, my kindle, a tv and yet without my laptop and proper internet I still felt disconnected. Here we have my one year post which was meant to go up on the 18th as that was my 1 year anniversary for me and "Life is Worth The Fight" and I hope you enjoy it my 1 year giveaway will follow this post so please check it out and enter :) Enjoy...

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Hey My Wonderful Blogland,

So my Blog is one year old...

... I'm kind of sat her at my desk wondering what to write because in some ways it's been a mad year and in others it has been completely normal where do I start? I'm really not quite sure. 

I started this blog after transplant week last year after I had discovered other transplant blogs and thought I could start one not for people to read really but just somewhere for me to go when I had no-body to really turn to. To say I'm surprised what it lead to is an understatement. 

I never expected to even get beyond 2 followers because I literally forced my sisters to sign up and follow me because I didn't wanna be 'Billy no mates' as sad as that sounds, but I was okay with it because I just wanted a place to put down my thoughts and express myself if I needed to. Now I have nearly 400 of you and that is so BEYOND INSANE I can't even tell you. I know it's not like some other blogs who have this massive following but to me you are like my little blog family and I love you all. 

This time last year I didn't know if I would be here typing and talking to you because the previous few years my decline had been pretty rapid but luckily, although as strange as it may seem, being put on the transplant list opened new doors for me and allowed me access to more medication which has meant my decline has been slower and therefore I'm still here.    

I've made so many friends in the past year just from being put on the transplant list, it introduced me to this whole new world of amazing, inspiring, brave and just plain awesome people who although I may only get to meet a few of them in person, just by talking to them it has made my year on the list  a lot better and I'm certain that if I hadn't come across all these amazing people my year would have seemed far longer and would have been much tougher. 

I got to meet some of my Pulmonary hypertension friends who I was never sure I would actually get to meet and I can tell you that it really is amazing to come in contact with these people they are just astounding, wonderful people who enrich and better your life. 

I got to be part of amazing campaigns to help get more organ donors in the UK. Something I have always been passionate about and it gave me the opportunity to do something about it, and I will continue to try and raise awareness for as long as I live as it really is something everyone should be thinking about. 

Unfortunately being brought into the world of transplant also means you are exposed to a lot more than just the success stories, you can become friends with others like you who are on the list  and thats an amazing friendship to have but unfortunately 1 in 3 people waiting for organs dies and you are exposing yourself to that. In this year far too many people died and even more that I don't know about and that in itself makes what I write and talk about so important. Why I write about it, to try and stop that 1 from dying because for me that is  one too many. 

Annnd I got to experience a false alarm. Now I'm not going to lie when I say I wasn't pleased that it wasn't the real deal because I wasn't pleased it was stress and no sleep for no reason, but I can now look back on it as an experience and the next call will hopefully be the right one for me. 

Then there is the normal side of my life:- 
- I saw my nephew turn 2
- My twin sister and I became 22 year olds (fully grown adults in my eyes ;) or just plain old)
- I got to celebrate my mum and her twin sisters 51st birthday
- Christmas happened 
- My second nephew was born on what has to be the coolest day to have a birthday New Years Eve what a great excuse to party every year no matter what day of the week it happens to land on lol
- My twin sister got engaged to her boyfriend of 5 years
- My older sister became officially ancient at 24yrs old :P
- My dad got another year older
- I actually made it to my vampire diaries convention Yeyyy
- I got see my parents make their Silver wedding anniversary

I know how normal the above things are but they are all things that I appreciate and am thankful to have been able to see. 

Then there's the unbelievable fact that I got shortlisted for the Cosmo Blog Awards which I'm really not  even sure how it happened. I know it sounds stupid but I wasn't even thinking about trying out for them and then about a week before the nominations thing was about to close a old school friend Facebook messaged me and suggested I do it and I sort of thought okay well I may as well you know try and the fact that it actually happened is amazing. When I started my blog I didn't even think about stuff like that and the fact that you guys like reading about me, my life and the things I like really is wonderful and I truly love you all for it! 
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Up there ^^^^ is one of my Instagram photos. I captioned it "Faith... that everything will always work out in the end" and I just wanted to share that with all of you because I'm not what you would call religious but I have and always will believe that everything, no matter how tough it is, will always work out in the end and I believe things happen for a reason even if it's not what you would ideally want, and it definitely deserved a space in my 1 year old post :)  

Right guys I'm sorry it's a little long winded this one but if you haven't seen already I'm also doing a 1 year blog giveaway as a massive thank-you to you guys and your amazingness so please head on over to that post and check it out . 

All the links are below for the giveaway to vote for me in the Cosmo Blog wards etc. etc.


23 comments:

  1. Ah Stacie! Happy blog birthday. I love your blog, it's one of my favourites and I can't wait for another year of it!

    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams
    xxx

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    1. Awww tahnk-you Hayley, Hopefully it'll be a year of lots of happenings :)

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  2. Happy blog birthday babes... So glad to get to meet you at I5 :D xx

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  3. Happy blog birthday! :) I can't wait to see what the next year brings!

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  4. Hey Stacie, new follower here. I am looking forward to getting to know you better, I experienced a similar situation to yours myself, my sister was on the waiting list for a heart-lung transplant too, she had cystic fibrosis.

    Lyndsay xx | Fizzy Peaches ♡

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    1. Hi Lyndsay!!
      Nice to have you :), Really?! How is she? Did she get her heart and lungs?

      xoxo

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  5. Happy blog-birthday :) Been following you for a while now and I always enjoy reading your blog posts, stay strong and keep doing what you do :)

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    1. Hi Cupcake Cat! Thank-you so much it means the world to me that people like you enjoy reading them and I will always stay strong I promise :) xoxo

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  6. i adore that bracelet! wish i knew where it was from. happy blog birthday!

    from helen at thelovecatsinc | bloglovin'

    ps. enter my new giveaway to win a goodie bag of beauty products! click here.

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    1. Hi Helen I got it from http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CREATIVEdesignbyTHAO?ref=af_you_favshop they take a while to delier if you're in the UK anyway but I do love them :) xoxo

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  7. Love your blog and your bracelet! Please say where you got it from x

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    1. hey lavender_sweet, I got it from http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CREATIVEdesignbyTHAO?ref=af_you_favshop and thank you :) xoxo

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  8. Happy Blog Birthday and I hope you feel better soon.

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  9. Congratulations on your one year anniversary my lovely! Got everything crossed for you that you get better really soon. Just love that bracelet of yours, it's beautiful :)

    xxx

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  10. Happy Blog birthday! You truly are amazing x

    Michelle
    www.virgosandkisses.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Happy blog birthday! I'm so glad to have found it - you're exceptionally inspirational. It'll take me some time now to get lost in your blog and catch up! :)

    http://thecuriousklutz.blogspot.com

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  12. Happy Blog Birthday Stacie

    Rita xxx

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  13. Happy Belated Blog Birthday! xx I love your bracelet it is so cute:)

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  14. What a wonderful entry lambkin. You keep srong and keep going. One day you will be there

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  15. What a wonderful entry, Keep strong lambkin and the day will come xxxx

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  16. Happy First blog birthday!

    Thanks for sharing your experiences

    http://justthinkinglondon.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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