This week I took time to remember my Grandad as we marked twenty six years since he passed away. How is it twenty six years? He died very suddenly when I was only four but some of my earliest memories are of him. His memory has very much been kept alive though and I know he is still around. There are things that have happened over the years that I know are his doing.
There is one person though that has had to over come so much and that is my amazing Grandma. It was devastating for the rest of the family but what she must have gone through is just something I cannot comprehend. Looking at her you would never know, she is very much the type of person that keeps herself together and gets on with things. If she knew I was writing this and sharing it she would kill me! My grandparents were both nurses and this is how they met, love at first sight.
Not only did she lose her husband far too soon, she is also a breast cancer survivor. I remember this time so well and it's because of this that I am so proud to call her my Grandma. Every half term I would spend it with her at her caravan in Gloucestershire. I have such brilliant memories of going on holiday with her and it gave me the break I needed especially when things were difficult at home.
As we don't live near each other we spend many hours on the phone every week, she is always the first person I call if I need advice. She lives in Manchester and I live in Wiltshire so I really don't get to see her as much as I would like but a few weeks ago we met while she was on a coach trip to the south west. My children have seen her many times but this time I saw them completely fall in love with her. Maybe it's because they are older or maybe they just understand how special she really is. She truly adores them and I'm so glad I have been able to give her great grandchildren.
If I have learnt anything from her it's to live life to the fullest, not to care what others think and to have no regrets. I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for her and when things are difficult in my life I always think of her. She has always been such an amazing role model to me and now she is doing the same for my children. She really is the strongest person I know and I just can't put into words just how much she means to me.