To wrap up 2015, and the mad year I have had, I want to briefly replicate the first post I wrote at the beginning of last year (where did that time go?!). I want to give you an insight into the updated version; who I was, who I am, who I will be.
Who I was:
- I was a 23 year old girl, dealt the worst of hands; told that I had roughly 3 years to live.
- I didn’t know where to turn, what to say, what to do.
- I had no idea why cancer had chosen me; a young, fit, healthy girl?!
- I was heartbroken – not set to ever marry or have children; not set to live my dreams.
- I was trying to hold it all together for my family.
- I was determined to live; I had to fight.
- I had two brain operations.
- I was sick, exhausted, and experiencing gruelling treatment.
- I needed a focus; I had to help others, and I needed to fundraise in order to help find more treatments and, ultimately, a cure.
Who I am now:
- I am Anna Swabey, a 24 year old woman, campaigning to obtain more funding for brain tumour research.
- I am engaged to be married to my dream man; a mummy to a gorgeous puppy.
- Together, since March, we have raised almost £37,000 for Brain Tumour Research Campaign.
- I have attended the Houses of Parliament to share my experiences with the Petitions Committee.
- I have met and spoken to the most incredibly inspiring young people, experiencing a similar, if not identical, illness.
- I am still undergoing chemotherapy treatment; still determined to fight Trev.
- I am training to run the Paris marathon.
- I am in awe that I have over 86,000 views of my blog!
Who I want to be:
- I want to be alive for many more years to come.
- I want to be a wife.
- I want to raise £100,000 for BTRC.
- I want to continue to share my journey, in the hope of making a difference to people and families who are yet to be dealt the blow we have.
- I want to remain tough and keep fighting.
- I want to complete the Paris Marathon.
- I want to keep positive, keep smiling, and keep being ME (i.e. a bit of a nutter 😛 ) !
I am determined that 2016 will be a good year for my entire family and I. I can’t wait to see what this year holds for my new little family unit; Anna, Andrew and Enid. I can’t wait to see, with your help, how much of a difference we can make to brain tumour research and to patients lives, just like mine.
I thank you all for supporting me throughout 2015, and I hope you continue to follow my progress and campaigning in 2016.
Finally, I wish you all….
A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!