Who am I?
I am 27 years old, live in Buckinghamshire with my fiancé Simon who has a wonderful daughter, Alivia who is 7 years old. I come from a big family, a brother, 3 step brothers and a step sister. Sunday lunches were always the busiest day of the week growing up with us all there. I graduated from Portsmouth University in 2010, where I made friendships that will last a life time.
I recently passed my National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership and work at Chiltern Hills Academy. I am very lucky that I genuinely do love my job. I have lots of different roles within school, each that have their own challenges. I love teaching as every day is different, and every child has their own story and path. Being part of that journey and helping guide them, some needing more direction that others, is the most rewarding part. As with all jobs, especially those that involve being around teenagers, it can be challenging and tough. However, I am not one to shy away from a challenge! I am also blessed with having some great work colleagues who have supported my recent decision to go ahead with my mastectomy.
If I had the choice I think I would live underwater, I love swimming. In my early teens I had the honour of swimming for Trafford Synchronised Swimming Club. From when I first started synchro, I knew it was my passion. From the age of 9 I was attending synchro training 4 times a week, speed swimming once a week and then eventually, when training for big competitions, added a morning swim every day before school. I was hooked! I no longer swim competitively, however I do spend as much time in a pool as possible. I try to keep up with my stamina, flexibility and then also my synchro figures. Post mastectomy I know it will be a while before I am back in the pool and at full strength. However, I also have to be realistic that my skulling and arm strength to keep me upside down and vertical may not be the same again. It will take time and work.