Always Look on the Brightside…


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The last six months have been crazy. I’ve been juggling everything and may have dropped the ball when it came to writing.

Then again the time has given me a lot of inspiration and enough ideas to get me through five books at least…but that’s where I get ahead of myself. I must finish editing my first book and stop getting caught up in new ideas.

So here’s what I have been up to, just so you know I haven’t given up on writing and turned into a hermit who lives in a cave…though that does sound appealing.

My eldest Zebra, Amelia has been through an incredibly tough time, thanks to EDS. She had, what would have been a small fall to most but which to Amelia left her with a dislocated knee, damaged ligaments in her hip and a severe sprain to her ankle.

And all because she took a comment as literal.

“If your sisters start to argue, leave the room.” A simple instruction, made by myself to keep her from getting involved and to stop her from being hurt or upset by her siblings.

However, when her sisters did kick off at each other two days later Amelia did exactly what I said.

Only problem being, that there was a toy pushchair in her way and in her rush to leave the room she got stuck in it and fell.

We spent nine days in our local hospital.  She came home temporarily, before going into an orthopedic hospital for two weeks.

During this time, I was also involved in a play ‘The Games Afoot’ as the DSM, with Mad Cow Productions, . The show opened the same week Amelia went in for her two week stay. It was exhausting, but I had all the support I could need from the wonderful Mad Cows, my family and friends. And I must say a huge thank you to you all!

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Amelia has made steady progress and she really inspires me to do the same. As do my other two Zebras, they face many challenges and some days they are too hard to bare. Yet they keep fighting and still look at the Brightside of life. Being the mama Zebra, I want to inspire them too. So with that thought I auditioned for the next Mad Cow Productions show, a musical called Spamalot.

Leading up to the auditions was a bit of a nightmare. I had Laryngitis for three weeks, and could only just speak on the night I was supposed to sing. I also managed to sub luxate my knee on the morning and dislocated my finger as I was leaving the house.

Needless to say, it didn’t go as planned. But I gave it my best shot and managed to get a part in the ensemble. They know about my condition and have been fantastic and so understanding. It does help that I can tolerate a huge amount of pain.

My husband is also in Spamalot, and is playing the part of Patsy and I can’t wait for the girls to see us both on stage!

I was asked to take part in a concert for raising awareness of Meningitis. Which was a no brainer for me until I was asked to perform something that was like my blog posts. After a lot of panic and pacing round my kitchen…I had it. I wrote and performed my one-woman comedy sketch and it seemed to go down very well with the audience.

I faced two fears in one go. Performing on stage and having people see something I’d written myself!

Right now rehearsals are underway and I’m learning lots of songs and dance routines.

My confidence is growing, and although I have moments where the pain gets too much and my mind turns to goo. I know I can do this.

I will be a woman from Finland who hits a man in the face with a huge fish…I will be a dancing Jewish bride!

Never thought I’d get to say that, but Spamalot is a great show and ultimately I just keep picturing my girls faces.

I want them to know they can achieve anything they set their minds to, after all…Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

If you fancy coming to see the amazing show, Spamalot, please book your tickets now as they selling fast at Theatre Severn !

I’ve babbled on for too long and my book isn’t going to edit itself, so see you later!


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