Julia MacDonald
Teacher, Coach, Celebrant

Love, Love, Love....

by Julia MacDonald

Love, Love, Love....

10 Years of Health

It’s a special day today. Yes. It’s Valentine’s Day, when we traditionally celebrate romantic love.

For me and my partner, Iain, it’s a bit more than that.

10 years ago today I was still bed-ridden, unable to walk, had just begun to feed myself with a spoon.

Iain, who’d taken time off work to help the carers look after me, had just started back part time, but came home on Valentine’s Day afternoon. Afternoons were good times for baths, so he ran a bath for me, and he lit tea lights and put them around the edge.

There must have been something that touched me deeply about this small act of love, that inspired me and the desire to do something similar in return. What could I do?

I walked for the first time in a long time to the stairlift, I went downstairs for the first time in a long time, and we had afternoon tea together in the bay window of our lounge, for the first time in a long time.

It was the start of recovery…

I believe in celebrations and remembering, so today, remembering that Valentine’s Day 10 years ago, I’ve booked us a champagne afternoon tea!

Take hope, take heart. Things can and do change. And remember Love….

If you’d like to hear me talk more about my recovery journey, this clip from a short talk I gave at a Findhorn Conference a few years ago will fill you:


Happy Valentine’s Day!

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