back from London

knowing my limits, we did as planned and did our sightseeing from the river cruises and the odd bus. I borrowed the hotel wheelchair, which I pushed or was pushed in. However, despite upping my painkillers to the max, I was constantly in pain. This saddened me but I kept the face on. I was so lucky to be there and my friend was so supportive. Our hotel room view was of the Tower Bridge and 5 mins from the Tower of London. As I've always wanted to visit the Tower and love everything about the bridge, I kept getting the thrill of seeing them that never waned. There was a light show each night and fireworks and laser display on sunday for the river festival to mark the end of the 2012 Olympics We also got to see the bridge rise several times. I was genuinely excited by it all and cried many times with happiness, I couldn't believe I was there and seeing it all. People everywhere were so helpful [very disable aware, probably due to paralympics] It was lovely to be emotional for happy reasons.

regards, sandra.

everyone on the bus heard me call the "gherkin" the pumpkin!!

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  • Thank you for sharing that, it is so nice to hear how someone has had such a nice time, Just a shame that we all feel we have to put on 'The Face', but maybe putting it on sometimes helps us to have 'The Face' for real.

    Best wishes


  • The fireworks show was spectacular, we sat in a wthrspns [not an add!] just over the road eating a delicious meal, warm and with a brilliant view - bliss! I have never been so happy for so long. the pain and fatigue were worse than ever, but the happiness overruled it. I can't do stairs but you can still see a lot downstairs. Becos of the olympians parade, we rode up and back to the Thames barrier on the empty lower deck of the cruiser.

    regards, sandra.

  • You could have stayed at home and let the pain beat you. But you didn't - you won! Glad you had a good time, and you've got all those memories.


  • Thanks for sharing you triumph over adversity it was so heartening to read. What a fantastic experience. I shall forever think of that strange land mark as a pumpkin now! Keep on truckin'.

  • shows you that positive distraction can over ride the pain even if becomes worse from doing something. Being part of a huge celebration on national, personal and community levels must have been wonderful.

    I have this argument with family so many times, why would I want to do something that makes me worse? They forget that if it makes you so much more happy then its worth all the extra pain. Getting worse is humdrum and part of life, we all know where our STOP enough is enough button is. But sometimes we need to get out the comfort zone to find true happiness.

  • thanks everyone.



  • Hello, Great to hear that you enjoyed yourself so much. I expect it will also give you confidence to get out and about more, now you are back home! Not to mention all lovely memories....

  • thanks woodbon, lovely memories to keep :)

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