- Surviving and enjoying work (and celebrate our big achievements of this project!)
- Buying an iPad and downloading apps for blogging and photography
- Downloading ebooks for my iPad – I have a list and an Amazon voucher!
- Organising my travel money
- Writing my speech for the Centre for Appearance Research’s Appearance Matters conference that is happening in Bristol on 3 and 4 July
- Packing (I have done my toiletries – being progressively buying things for my trip)
- Going to the hospital to organise my final prescriptions
- Laminating my doctor’s certificates for travel
- Emailing my friends and contacts in the UK
- Having dinner with friends and attending a party
- Giving a practice speech at my hospital.
I have a bit of an announcement to make (I can’t recall if I have mentioned it before)! Two months ago I went for my regular checkup at the hospital clinic. One of the professors came to see me, telling me the hospital is able to support me by funding a ticket to London and paying for the conference! The Centre for Appearance Research works with my dermatology team. The professor told me she has spoken with the CEO of the hospital and they are both in full support of my trip, speaking at the conference and doing work experience at Changing Faces.
I felt so happy and overwhelmed with their generosity that I cried. I asked them how I can repay them. Other than inviting me to speak to some dermatologists and geneticists, they told me that I don’t owe them anything. “You’ve paid for this, Carly” they laughed. I sure have. The support of my hospital, and the Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation, is better than any corporate sponsorship. They believe in me.
Right now I am worried. But I am so proud. I am following my dreams and making things happen. Who would have thought it could be this amazing?
(This is a post for Eden’s Fresh Horses meme – ‘Who the hell are you?’)