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'When you can tell your story and it doesn't make you cry, you know you are healing.'

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WELCOME HOME, JACOB.


After 699 days in hospital, Jacob was finally discharged.

On Tuesday, the 9th of December, the dream we had for a 'normal' life became a reality. Jacob was 'welcomed home' to cards, party poppers and even a caterpillar cake. But, people asked me if I was excited, and said 'oh, I bet you cannot wait', but the truth is, I was terrified.


With Jacob being in hospital for so long, I saw it almost as his safe haven. We knew everything would be okay, he had everything he needed in order to progress each day, and I knew I had nothing to worry about. But, the truth is, the reality of something like this is scary.

We spoke of how things would be different, the limitations we now had, or even the opportunities, but, this is it.

I had the realisation of, 'that's it'. And you know what, this is it. This is our life, our future, and damn, is it difficult.

You don't really understand until you begin living, as to just how hard it can be. It's not easy to just pop to the supermarket, it's not easy to just climb straight into bed, it's all a task that takes patience. Everything now is done differently. I may do something one way, Jacob may have to do it another. But, I am more than certain that we will adapt to this new life we can now begin to live.

But, at the same time, it is so darn exciting to see each new chapter unfold.
I always wonder what we will be doing in a years time. Where we will be in our lives, what we will both be capable of doing. I never had these thoughts when he was still in hospital, because I would be so stuck in the past and present, I forgot we even had a future.

But, here it is. Here we are, ready to face the world head on like we always do.

I couldn't be more than happy to stand tall next to this man. Let's face it, he helps me to look somewhat attractive.
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