So much has happened since I last updated and this may be very long, but bear with me!
Ok so haven’t updated since before the Europeans…whoops! Well the Euros went ok, we secured a bronze medal and qualification for this years World Champs, which is what we set out to do. Obviously a gold or silver medal would have been fab, but qualification is just as important. The Netherlands came away with the gold in a thrilling final…it was such a good game and the Dutch deserved that gold, the improvements I have seen from that team over the years has been brilliant and I wish them all the success for the future (as long as they don’t stand in the way of my GB girls!)
After the Euros I had a busy few weeks of appearances – one of them was at the Back to the Stadium run and helped out handing goodie bags to the runners as they crossed the line and the Color Run. The color run was so much fun, Louise Sugden was there with a couple of her work mates as well. Joshua was hilarious and had a brilliant time. We managed to raise nearly £600 for cancer research uk so I was really happy.
Then at the end of August my wonderful Daddy lost his battle with cancer. It was the worst time in my life. I don’t feel up to typing out all the ins and outs, but we were fortunate (in a sense) that it was quick. He suffered a gastro intestinal haemorrhage which caused an aortic perforation. I had been speaking to him on the phone and when my mum came home from seeing her mother after work she found him, phone still in hand. It was a huge shock as he had been doing a lot better and he sounded perfectly fine when I was talking to him. The funeral, as you can imagine was difficult. I managed to read out something I had written and my niece sang beautifully. It still doesn’t feel real that he’s gone, I still imagine ringing up my parents house and speaking to him or whenever Josh plays the piano too loud just waiting for him to come and tell him to turn it down. I will add the poem when I’m on the computer as I can’t type it out on here properly.
Around mid October I had decided that I wanted to retire from international basketball. There were several reasons, but it was mainly due to the team centralising and I wasn’t able to commit the time needed and I couldn’t carry on knowing that everyone else was putting all this work in and I wasn’t able to. It wouldn’t have been fair. Along with the fact how much time I would have had to spend away from home, it all felt too much. And with what happened with my daddy I realised I spend too much time away from my family and it has been effecting Josh. I have done 3 Paralympics and so much in my time as a GB player it just felt like the right time. I wish the girls all the best for the future and I will be following their progress and at some point I hope to be involved with the team in some capacity. Press release: http://www.gbwba.org.uk/gbwba/index.cfm/news/gbs-sarah-grady-announces-retirement-from-international-competition/
After an awful few months Mike and I found out some really fantastic news! I’m expecting our second child! I’m currently 16 weeks, and as I’m having a planned section this time I know when little baby bear (nickname we have given this bubba!) will be born, so we’re not going to be finding out the gender! Baby bear will be here on the 24th June…! :)
Oh I have rebranded back to my original blog name ‘Up in Clouds of Pink’ so I can go back to my random thoughts, instead of always having to be coherent!!
Love & Hugs