An epic night

Sunday, September 09 2018, 8:36AM

It's 7.55am, I've been awake for two hours already. Mind you I didn't get to bed until 12.30 this morning. Just shows you how much energy I have at the moment. I somehow stole a whole lot of energy from all the people who came to the trivia night last night, and it seems to be keeping me afloat (I'm sure I'll crash later today or tomorrow).

The night was a huge success. From the start, my family and friends rallied last night and somehow everything got done. Before I knew it, people were arriving and the night got going. There was so much energy in the room.

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(everyone enjoying a game of heads and tails)

A big moment for me was where I spoke about stroke. I realised afterwards it was the first time I had publicly spoken about having a stroke and the impact it's had on my life. I admit I broke down, but I pulled it together and got through it. It's been 5 1/2 years for me, but last night it could have been yesterday. There is so much I needed to say, but I restricted it to one paragraph about me and the rest was stroke facts from one of the Stroke Foundation fact sheet. I realise now I need to tell my story, to put it into words. There is still so much healing that needs to happen. 

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(my first public speech, my husband and my sister are with me)

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(Gaining courage to stand on my own for the last part).

So now it's over, time to sweep the floors and count the money raised (I will update this later in the comments). Time to be grateful for all those who helped, those who came to support the night, and time to be grateful I am still standing. 

So, where will my journey take me next I wonder? I can't wait to find out...

This song was playing on repeat in my head last night...

Happy Stroke Week!!