Bloganuary Tag: Day 26

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Because we all love ourselves really, deep down.

Hello Twisties!

Welcome back to another Bloganuary post. The prompt is now available and I am excited to write again for you. If you haven’t read it already, be sure to check back to my last post for more fun answers, or take a read of all of my Bloganuary posts under the ‘Bloganuary’ category in the right-hand menu.

What Is Bloganuary?

A fun and quirky amalgamation of ‘blog’ and ‘January’ (obviously), Bloganuary is a brand new tag award run by WordPress. Every day, a question or prompt can be sent to you for you to answer on your blog, however you so please. Why wait? Get involved with other bloggers, make new connections, reach new audiences and drive more traffic to your site today!

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And now, let’s begin…


Day 26: What is your favourite part of yourself?

That has to be my dogged determination. I’m one of those people… I just don’t give up, I never have and I probably never will. I’ve been told a few times that I couldn’t do something, but you know what? I proved ’em wrong! 

Let’s start at the very beginning: I was born with influenza, pneumonia and sepsis. The doctor’s put me down as unlikely to survive, I was one sick baby, all covered in cables and tubes. By day 10, I was feeling so much better and stronger that I kept pulling my IV lines out!

As a child I was diagnosed with “knock knees” and “duck feet”, which it was suggested that I may need surgery to resolve if I didn’t learn to walk properly. I was so determined not to go under the knife that I used to force to walk with my feet facing forward. The next time I saw the consultant, I was barely walking abnormally at all!

In primary school, we used to have swim classes. Again, being disabled, I used to have my own assistant and my own swimming activities. Whilst the rest of the class were learning to swim, I was usually learning to swim with a buoyancy aid – until that fateful family day at the pool! 

“Mum, I don’t need a float. I can swim.”

“Okay, Helen, hold onto the float.” 

“No, Mum – I can swim!” 

Story has it, I then threw the float up onto the side and swam the full width of the pool!

More recently is my independence. My mother was so sure that I would never find love, I would never leave the nest and I would struggle to run a home. As it stands, I moved out in 2011 but my brother – who my mother thought would be the first out – still lives at home, I did find love (and better yet, got married) and my home is cleaner and more organised than my Mum’s. All of that, quite possibly, was fuelled by her belief in me that I could never do it.

So for me, I do love my determination. I love that if I set my mind to something, I will do it. After all, I very nearly didn’t have the chance!


That’s it from me for today Twisties! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for my next Bloganuary post!

Until next time, 

Stay safe & have fun,

Helen xx  

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