My mum put me in mainstream school where they told her I must go to a special school. My mum told them, “no thank you”, and kept me in where they had never seen a child with one leg before climb up the climbing frame, lol. I still had to go to and from the hospital, but I was growing fast, breaking as many wooden legs as they gave me, lol. Don’t go near water they said, as water and wood don't mix, hmmm....
At the age of 10 I had to go into the hospital again for an op. Summer hols, roasting hot summer, not happy. The op was on my lip and arm, a quick fix and this boy was off again to show the world back then the word no meant yes I can do it. So I set the trend to have a go at everything. I tried roller skating and ice skating, narrrrr not for me, lol. But 44 years after meningococcal, it has never held me back. I am a father to beautiful kids, Jessica and Samuel, well they are grown up now. Oh and I am grandad to - soon to have number 2 grandchild.
One thing is me and my mum never spoke about what happened back then, people just didn't. We just cracked on until recently when me and my mum filled some spaces in my history, lol.
If anyone reads this please don't let life hold you back. Live life to the full. It's hard at times but it's just life testing you again.
I am 46, a father, grandfather, married and I smile every day. My face has lots of scars, my body is missing a leg, but this miracle baby is alive and loving life and this is the first time I have wrote about it, lol.
Take care and be strong xx