What a difference a year makes. A year ago I got one of those phones calls that every parent dreads. "Hello, it's Thames Valley Police. A person we believe is your daughter has been involved in a serious accident. She is on her way to John Radcliffe Hospital." Nothing can prepare you for not knowing whether your child will be dead or alive when you get there. It was a life changing conversation for so many people - for my daughter, for her family, for her friends and even for people we don't know. In some ways it has brought people closer, in some ways thrown them apart.
Lives have changed immeasurably. She is here in body, sometimes with a little spark of life. For someone who would never shut up, not hearing her voice for over a year is hard. I gave her the challenge once of talking for one minute about a pencil - she did it!!
There is not a day when I don't think about what happened. Not a day when I don't grieve for what has been lost. Not a day when I don't look at what should have been. I think of the other girl involved as well. All I can do now is look to the future and take each step as it comes.
We love the girl that was; miss the girl that was and look to the future with the girl that is. I love you. Be good, be careful and no wild parties xxx