A Year of Firsts that Nobody Ever Wants to Face.

This weekend, it has been a whole year since we lost Jess. It goes without saying that it has been more than horrible and we miss Jess more than words can say. But we’re slowly adjusting to life without Jess, with new chapters having been started and somehow managing to make it from one day to the next, mostly with dry eyes now and sometimes even with a smile 😀. Massive thank you to our friends and family for getting us here and helping us to yo – yo between living in the present and remembering the past, between trying to keep positive yet still mourning a tragic loss, between doing lots of new positive things, but all because of Jess. You can read more about our first year of life after Jess in my favourite new way – a poem. Jess’ Nana has written one too.

https://www.teamjess.co.uk/one-year-on

https://www.teamjess.co.uk/in-memory-of-jess-one-year-on-by-nana/

We’ll be spending some time at the beach this weekend, because Jess would have loved that. I hope wherever she is, Jess sees what we’re up to and smiles with her ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ smile, remembering we’ll always be together forever in spirit. ❤️

World Leukaemia Day

On World Leukaemia Day, it feels a fitting moment,

To raise more awareness, of one of life’s big opponents.

Whilst the medics do a great job, and treatment is helping more.

There are still too many people who aren’t with us anymore.

The disease progresses quickly, with diagnosis sometimes not so easy.

With so many symptoms possible, maybe bruising or being wheezy.

So here’s to fundraising for research and raising more awareness.

To help against the fight, the suffering and the unfairness.

To all leukaemia fighters, I wish you health and feeling well. 

I hope your blood is soon free of those nasty leukaemia cells.

New Beginnings

It’s often said that tragic events change you, cause you to take stock on where you’re at, what you want to do and what’s important. Having lived through a tragedy myself I can completely identify with that, and whilst much of my life is still as it was before Jess became ill, I have vowed to carry on some of the bravery that Jess showed, and spend more time pursuing the things that I love doing. One of those is poetry, and I’m particularly proud of my first published poem for the Morley Arts Festival. Here’s hoping it’s the first of many! 😀

Happy Birthday Jess!

Tomorrow is another first…. Jess’ first birthday not being here 💔. Jess would have been 9, except as she’s not with us anymore I’m calling it 8+1.

So unlike in years gone by, we won’t be blowing up balloons, excitedly waking up at 5am to open gifts and presents or lighting candles on a cake. But we will celebrate all the wonderful memories, the determined spirit, the mischievous games Jess used to adore, the endless love and cuddles and the unwavering bravery Jess showed. To mark the occasion, we’ll be taking a walk on the beach, something Jess loved to do and donating to Children with Cancer UK.

And of course, in what has become a post Jess way of coping, I’ve added a birthday poem to the growing collection. Here’s hoping wherever she is, she knows we’re celebrating her short but very precious time with us. ❤️

Happy Birthday Jess! 🍰 🎈 🎁

Today you would have been nine years old 
Half way to an adult, I would have been told
Except for the fact you’re not here any more
So eight + one is your new age score 
 
A few things have happened since you passed away
But we still miss you lots, every single day.
With us in spirit, I know that you are 
With your ring on my finger, you’re never very far
 
We’ve been building a legacy, so we all remember you
To be honest, it’s helped us know what to do
We’ve built you a website, in your name
I think you would have like the minor fame
 
We’re fundraising lots, £17k raised already
The increase in funds has been nice and steady
So many charities to support, that we could choose
All of who, our support could use.
 
I’ve told your tale to spread the word
I’ve wanted to make sure that we got heard
You’ve been on Websites, in magazines and have a song too
So many ways we’re remembering you.
 
Ideas are a  plenty from your old school 
I think you’ll think they’re all rather cool
A tree, a bench and an annual award too
It’s fair to say they won’t forget you
 
So today, for your birthday, we’re off to the coast
It’s seems a fitting way, your birthday to toast
I’ll play a few pranks, which I know you would have done
And we’ll try to make sure, we have lots of fun
 
So happy birthday Jess, my mini me.
I hope that you’re ok, wherever you may be.
I hope somewhere you’re celebrating too
And watching how much we still miss you. 
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Team Jess Anthem

I couldn’t believe it when I logged on to my emails to find a ‘Team Jess’ running track in my inbox, written and performed by my very talented colleague and friend Trevor, with backing vocals from his wife and daughter too! Wow! Whilst not his normal style (this is not Trev’s first performing venture!) the quick beat will help me keep going when the going gets tough… especially round those hills in Sheffield! Thanks Trev, you’re a legend!