It wasn’t that long ago that I was a care free single woman with no real commitments and plenty of time to do exactly as I wanted. Or at least in some ways it doesn’t feel that long ago and yet in other ways it feel like it was a lifetime ago. Here I am now with a 7.5yr old daughter, lots of commitments and way less time to myself. My partner and I have been together for just over 11 years now and it has been a very eventful 11 years.
Not long after we met Leigh, my partner, sustained and injury to his right ankle. At the time everyone told us it was nothing – just a sprain. But after years of operations, physiotherapy, pain medication and all sorts of other things Leigh had to have his right leg amputated from just below his knee. You can imagine this was a tough decision for us and a really challenging time, Callie, our daughter was 15months old when Leigh had the surgery.
I had felt very much like a single parent for some time due to Leigh’s restricted mobility and now it was like I had a second child. He did as much as he could for himself but suddenly finding himself permanently disabled and needing to learn to walk again took a toll on his mental health and he went through some really tough times.