The children of the UK have returned to school after half term, which should have been a week of fun and rest (and revision for the older ones!) – sadly it ended with another devastating terrorist attack which has seen more innocent lives destroyed, and yet more fighting for life across our capital’s major hospitals.
As a professional patient, and in a previous life a medical professional, I have been both a patient and worked in some of these hospitals – I was born in south London and lived in central London during my early nursing days. My most recent in patient stays have been in Guys hospital, situated next to London bridge the site of the attack on Saturday night. Being able to picture the streets where an atrocity has happened makes it so much more real – I am sure Mancunians will understand this too. We spent a day in London last week whilst our 18 and 14 year old went to see the Harry Potter show. Security was tight at the theatre, as you would expect, but it was lovely to see so many families out and enjoying a beautiful day on the South Bank – it is easy to say that we won’t allow terrorists to stop our normal life, but to actually make sure that we carry on is not always so easy.
Last night the young American singer, Ariana Grande, hosted a benefits concert in Manchester, watched by approx 14 million on the television. I knew very little about this young lady, but I take my hat off to her for what she and her management team have achieved in the last week. She was criticised in some parts of the press for “running away”, and then for arranging a benefit too quickly – I think that whatever she did she would be damned by someone. But having been in an awful situation along with her fans, she used her fame and contacts to do something good…..there were lots of tears in Old Trafford last night, but lots of laughter, fun and inspiration too.
Speaking of inspiration, I am still finding fantastic different blogs from the Chronic Illness Bloggers community to share with you. If you have followed this regular feature, you know the drill….make yourself a cuppa, settle down and enjoy some great posts from some inspirational people!
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