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I had another blog post planned for today, but I thought instead I would write something about my nan. I always like to keep a positive light here on my blog, but my family and I lost the most beautiful person in the world (inside and out) this morning and I wanted to share how much of an inspiration she was to everyone.
I’ve always referred to my nan as Nanny Karyl ever since I was little and she’s been one of the biggest inspirations in my life. She was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis) many years ago, before I was born, and the doctors never expected her to make it to 50, but there she was at the age of 74, still fighting and enjoying life in every way she possibly could.
She had been in and out of hospital for a few years with infections and problems, and we were never sure if she would be strong enough to make it through, but she always somehow managed to, to everyone’s surprise. She was a warrior, a fighter, a true strength. In no way did she deserve everything she went through, but it always seemed to make her that much stronger and that much more inspirational. She’s my hero and always will be.
There’s not one bad memory I have of my nan and if you asked me for a time that I’ve seen her upset or down about her condition, I couldn’t name one. She was the nicest, kindest, most caring person I had ever met (much like my Grampy Ron who passed away a few years ago) and her strength has been one of the biggest inspirations in my life. If my nan could go through what she did everyday with her MS and be so happy, positive, and funny, then dealing with my problems, which seem minor in comparison, was a breeze. She was a true role model.
Nanny Karyl was one of those people that everyone loved, everyone wanted to be around, and everyone would go out of their way to help, just to be around her. If you met her, you always left smiling, and you could count yourself lucky to have been in her presence. She radiated positivity and always took an interest in everyone’s lives – she was entirely selfless. I would visit her and my Grampy Dave regularly to show them what new things I had purchased, as well as all of my blog photos as she loved what I was doing with my life and was incredibly supportive. It still makes me smile that at 74 (and 80 for my Grampy Dave), they know what blogs are!
She and my Grampy Dave (who is just as lovely, kind, and supportive) always understood my illness and always checked on how I was, to make sure I was ok, and anytime I wasn’t able to go out and see them both, it wouldn’t matter as time was never an issue. I always felt like my connection with Nanny Karyl was much deeper than just a physical one and we could just sit quiet, smiling at each other and understand each other. Her energy was one that I connected with so strongly as she was exactly like me and even by her bedside a couple of days ago, just holding her hand, I felt safe.
I know that now, even though she isn’t in her physical form anymore, she will still be with me, my Grampy Dave, and my family at all times. She was an angel here to protect my family and look after us all, and now I know she’s an angel that’s so wonderful she’s going on to bigger and better duties to look after more people. I love you Nanny Karyl and always will you be in my heart and my life. You have helped shape me into the person that I am today and I’m very proud of that. I’m very lucky and proud to be a part of the Burford family. Lorna xx.