Transplantee snowboarder


Saturday 10th to Friday 16th February

It’s Winter Olympics time! ⛷🥌⛸

It’s taking place in Pyeongchang County in South Korea. Live tv coverage is mainly shown in the mornings so that was my weekend sorted! Harder during the week when at work, but I’ve been watching when I get the chance.

I love to watch the snowboarding 🏂, the speed skating and the skeleton – where they career down the icy track head first reaching speeds of over 80 miles per hour.

None of which I’ve ever fancied doing myself! I’ve never even been skiing. Why would anyone want to pay to go on holiday to a cold country?! I can’t bear the cold ☃

Here are 11 things you may not know about the Olympics. It’s quite an interesting read. If you click on the ‘Worst crashes and injuries’ box while in this link you will find some great photographs!

I also came across a video of Chris Klug, who is a professional alpine snowboarder. I really wanted to put the video on here so that you could see it but very annoyingly I just could not figure out how to get it into this post! 🤷‍♀️😡 So I’ll just tell you about him instead. He had a liver transplant in 2000 due to Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. Then in 2002 he went on to compete in the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, where he won a bronze medal in the Parallel Giant Slalom. This was the first and so far only time a transplantee has competed in the Olympics, either winter or summer.

He has also released a book called To the Edge and Back: My Story from Organ Transplant Survivor to Olympic Snowboarder. This might be an interesting read 📖

On Sunday we went out for the first time in ages to watch some live music in a local pub. Just a man and his guitar, he played for about four hours straight with no break, that must have took some doing. How does he remember all those words?!

Time to go and visit my favourite hairdresser! on Monday 💇‍♀️

A week of birthdays – my brother Peter’s on the 13th, my sister Julie’s on the 14th (a Valentine’s baby) and a visit for tea and cake 🎂😋 and then mine coming up in a few days. Where did all the birthday cards go when we all lived at home?! Funny that the three of us were all born in February and my other brother and sister were both born in October!

And not forgetting Valentines Day this week of course ❤

My walk on Thursday afternoon involved me walking down to the sorting office in our town to pick up a delivery for Robyn. I got the lovely job as she was at work until 8pm. Thankfully they weren’t too heavy but carrying one shoe box and one box even bigger up 3 steep hills was certainly a good workout and made my arms and shoulders ache! And then it turned out that it was my own birthday presents that I had struggled home with!

(By the way, my big toe hurts more and more ☹️)

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