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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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AS SEEN ON BBC3 | DISABLED IN AN INSTANT.


This week has possibly been one of the best weeks of my life. I'm all for sharing stories, that's why I started this blog, but this week took my voice to a whole new level. Within a matter of days, Jacob was in newspapers, in a BBC3 documentary, on the radio and was also live on BBC North West Tonight, yes, we were live on the news, big deal, right?!

Jacob had been involved in some filming for a documentary, Disabled In An Instant, which can still be watched in iPlayer for another 28 days. I don't want to give too much away because I highly suggest you watch it, not just to see Jacob and I, but to simply appreciate your life. I was so damn nervous for the reaction on Twitter, I waited for Jacob to search #DisabledInAnInstant beforehand to tell me if it was safe to look. We live in a cruel world, but the support was so unbelievably comforting and heartfelt, I still cannot get over that emotion of feeling a mass of support.

The following morning, we were on BBC Radio Lancashire to share our reaction and to give people a further insight to our journey over the years. We left the studio smiling and I think we both knew at that point how lucky we are to be in this position.

It's bizarre I know, a guy without legs, lucky? As Jacob said:

Would I change the last two and a half years if I could?
I'd begrudgingly have to say no, I wouldn't. I've met far too many wonderful people, built on some of the closest friendships I have, and I tricked Summer into eventually marrying me.
I didn't think I'd ever actually grow up, I just failed to realise I (literally) had to be cut down before I could.

I totally agree. This whole journey has built our relationship into something indestructible. I have come to understand that together, we can be powerful, we have been able to defeat everything that has come our way, both as individuals, but together. We all have a voice and a story to tell, so when you get your opportunity, make yourself heard. You don't know what life you could impact, what change you could make or how happy and fulfilled it can make you feel.

That same day as we were on the radio, we got contacted by BBC North West Tonight to join them on the sofa, live, and be a part of the evening news. Remember me saying 10 seconds ago to take any opportunity you can? Of course we said yes.

To be sat by Jacob's side and have people listen gave me some sort of power, not in a egotistical way, but a power of having the chance to be heard. I aspire to help people, if that means I have to repeat myself constantly before somebody listens, that is what I will do.

This week has been so overwhelming. Jacob is an incredible person and people are beginning to see the amazing person he is. I am just the lucky one who got to stand by his side throughout.

I seriously am just stuck for words right now, it's like one of those 'pinch me' moments. Just, damn. Who knew what my life would become. I am the happiest I have ever been in a long, long time. I am here to stay because I honestly feel I have a life worth living and documenting. Welcome back, Summer.
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