2013 reflections

I cannot believe that 2013 is coming to a close already! It feels like it was just yesterday I was welcoming in this year – but as they say… time flies when you’re having fun!

This year has been so good to me. I’ve done so many amazing things and I feel amazing for it! It was the three year anniversary of my bone marrow transplant this July and it feels so crazy to think that I’ve done things that were completely unimaginable just a few years ago.

This post was inspired by Facebook’s new Year in Review feature which lets you see your 20 biggest moments from the last 12 months and I really enjoyed looking back at everything that I’ve done.

Without further ado let’s have a look at my five favourite memories from 2013:

1. Beating aplastic anaemia

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know about my four year struggle with a rare blood disorder called aplastic anaemia which I fortunately got the all clear from this February! I posted a YouTube video about it at the time and I still get a bit emotional watching it back now!

2. Running the British 10k

To celebrate getting the all clear, myself and my friend Anna decided to run the British 10k London Run on the weekend of the anniversary of my bone marrow transplant to raise money for the amazing Teens Unite! I’m so proud of this achievement because when I was having my treatment I could barely walk to the end of the road without getting out of breath. It was an absolutely fantastic experience and the best thing is that we raised over £1700 for Teens Unite!

3. The Purple Tie Dinner and Dance

Another Teens Unite fundraising event – one of most incredible evenings of my life! Over the summer I worked with a group of other young people supported by Teens Unite to organise the amazing Purple Tie evening at Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire. I got the opportunity to share my story with the guests which I loved! I was so proud to be part of this amazing event which raised nearly £9000!

 

 

4. Leaving school

Having aplastic anaemia and being constantly in and out of hospital meant that I missed most of the first three years of secondary school and for a long time I felt like I wasn’t going to ever go back. Fortunately, I managed to get back to school to do my GCSEs and I got a good set of results which I’m really proud of. I do kind of miss it though!

First day, 2008 and last day, 2013
School prom

5. Enjoying life

It’s impossible for me to summarise my year in just five points so this one broadly covers all of the fun and amazing things I’ve done this year from going to V Festival to meeting the X Factor judges and even just all of the fun things I’ve got up to with my friends – like onesie dog walking (you should try it!)

 

 

 

 

Sonia!!!

 

I’ve loved every minute of this year and can’t wait to see what 2014 brings for me. I’m looking forward to running more races, fundraising for even more great charities and of course working really hard on this blog!

What is your favourite memory of 2013? Leave a comment!

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