My Invisible Life: Bye, London

My Invisible Life: Bye, London

Hey everyone

So up until recently I’ve been really excited and pleased to be living in London. I’ve enjoyed my time in the capital so, so much and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to do it. Unfortunately, my Sickle Cell hasn’t held back and I’ve had to re-evaluate my circumstances. We’re only in June and so far in 2017 I’ve been hospitalised with serious crises at least once during 4 of the 6 months already.

Being in hospital so many times, away from my family, and while working full time has made life really tough for me. As much I love London living, I’ve made the tough decision to move back home to Bradford. I’ve never wanted my Sickle Cell to dictate how I live my life but this is one of those occasions where I have to listen to my body, regardless of how much I really don’t want to. I know I will do so much better leaving my job and being around my family.

It’s going to be hard not having the routine I used to have with work but it’ll be worth it. I always felt guilty being off work so often, and every time I was discharged from hospital I would always rush back to work which only lengthened my healing time. Instead, I plan to become self-employed, it will mean I’ll be able to work on my own terms and I won’t have to answer to anyone when I need time away.

I’m excited for the next chapter in my life and I cannot wait to see where it takes me. Watch this space!