Last week, while out shopping, I met a colleague from my teaching days.
I had not seen him, or spoken with him, since the year I, sadly, had to retire from the profession. It was a happy reunion and we briefly updated each other as to what we were now doing.
Smiling, he said: “I know what you’ve been up to, I read all about you…” and went on to say what a success I had made of my life, what good work we were doing and that out of something bad, something good can happen.
Like my mum, he said that perhaps I was not meant to be a headteacher. I now know both were right, however much I miss being with the children and being part of the education system – as it was.
This chance meeting made me think. It has been 13 years since I was employed in education. Teaching was my life, or so I thought, until the time I was diagnosed with breast cancer and could not return to work; a decision that was not of my choice.
It has been 13 years since the start of our breast cancer charity, Crazy Hats.
Thirteen years! I proudly think and reflect on all the wonderful people we have met; the amazing team that we have built up, the places we have been and the money we have raised, in so many different ways, to enhance all aspects of breast cancer care and support in the county.
October is breast cancer awareness month and once again we will be out and about in the county raising awareness and selling new and exciting products as we fast approach reaching a staggering £2m; an amount which will be realised after our 13th annual walk in March 2015.
Thank you for all your belief and continual support.