This is my 6 year old daughter, and in one week’s time she is going to undergo a second neurosurgery to help with her moyamoya (and yes, I also thought it was a Japanese dish when the Doctors first told us!) 1 in a million people in the UK have it. I chose to write about this in this weeks travel theme: Strong. Not because I want to write about how amazing and strong she is – she is indeed brave, a bundle of energy and a mighty force to reckon with – I am writing here in reflection of how amazing our last year and half of travel has been due to the strength and positivity we have gained as a family because of what she (and us) have been through.
She had the first surgery in April 2013 and since then we have been travelled through 3 continents and over 9 countries. We started 3 months after her surgery and travelled to Bangladesh for 6 weeks
We went to West coast and east coast of USA for 3 weeks
Bordeaux, France for a big family wedding for a week.
We also had several weekend trips to Wales, Norwich, Scotland and Lake District. I am not even going to mention the weekend trips to London and local day trips around beautiful Derbyshire and Yorkshire!
It’s not that we hadn’t travelled before her surgery, we have always been travelling with kids, since they were 2 months old! It’s just that the whole last one year we have been more appreciative and filled with gratitude and positivity, that allowed us to enjoy our journeys more! The strength that carried us through her first surgery, also enabled us to embark on new adventures in life starting with planning a road trip from Sheffield to Bangladesh. AND that has resulted in me realizing how much I enjoy blogging about our travels! www.selimsraasta.com came into being 🙂
However due to changes in her health this summer, she is undergoing a second surgery next week, and our epic roadtrip is now on hold, but only momentarily. I know we will do this epic journey sometime in the near future. In the meantime, we are starting to get ready for the new phase in our lives, moving to a new country after 10 years in England and a whole year of travelling around Southeast Asia and/or New Zealand and Australia (waiting for confirmation of which one in a few days!)
Why do I use the word strong here to describe all this? Because we have managed to hold our heads high, always hoping and believing that it will be alright, having remained calm and positive through the hardest of times. We have drawn so much strength from the outpour of love and support we have received from friends, family and strangers from across the globe. We are stronger because of this, and we are eternally grateful for how everything has turned out so far. Our travels have been super special the last year and a half and we look forward to continuing again once Shama recovers from surgery.
Both our kids fill us with pride and it makes us happy to see that having moyamoya has not stopped Shama from tree climbing, doing her monkey business, and being her confident and energetic self.
May she be this strong and happy all her life and next week will be just another chapter in our lives, that will make our travels more meaningful, and that will make us live each day with that much more gratitude and positivity.
This was written as part of the weekly Travel Theme by http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/09/19/travel-theme-strong/