Some months ago my CF team received a letter asking if any of their patients would be suitable for nomination to take part in an exciting expedition. I was thrilled when they told me I was the first person to spring to mind, because of my love for activity and outdoor sports.
So we followed the application process and waited to hear if I'd made it to interview stage. At around the time of my annual review in January, we received a letter to say that I had been shorted listed from hundreds to attend an interview in February.
On the day I was very nervous but excited. The JOLT team were very welcoming, and it was so interesting to meet some of the participants from the pervious expeditions. Hearing about their experiences and how they had overcome their disabilities or personal situations.
It was then a long nervous 5 week wait before I heard back from them. To make matters worse, I had found out that my treatment plan regarding my CF was to change, and potentially put my chances of taking part at risk.
However, last week I recieved a very large envelope in the post which contained a letter congratulating me that I had been chosen to take part in the 2016 Journey Of A Lifetime trip to..... Indonesia and Northern Australia!
I was totally thrilled and ecstatic to be chosen to have this opportunity to visit such incredible places in July this year.
One of my biggest challenges is going to be staying fit and well enough to get there at all. But, in the meantime I need to raise funds for this fantastic charity, which proves amazing opportunities for youngsters with a range of difficult and challenging life situations. For people like me to take part, it's only possible because we will be accompanied by medical staff who can continue to monitor and administer treatment and medication throughout the month we are away.
I need to raise a minimum of £650 to support this charity so that they can continue to offer these amazing trips and opportunities which would otherwise be impossible.
Please take a look at their website and the incredible work they do. And if you feel you can sponsor me, I would be truly grateful of any donations to my Virgin Money Giving Page which is linked below. This is just one of the many ways I plan to raise money leading up to the trip. I have lots of ideas and planning ahead.
Thank you for your support, please keep your fingers crossed that nothing gets in the way to stop me taking part.
I'll continue to keep you up to date on my health situation and fundraising progress, but I am so happy to have something to positive and uplifting to set my sights on.
JOLT Website - jolttrust.org.uk