January 1, 2017 23 Comments


January 1, 2017 23 Comments

Me and January have a history. It has a habit of being a big month for me marked by change.

I welcomed 2016 watching fireworks in Kuala Lumpur having spent Christmas 2015 travelling across Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne, and Singapore. This was followed by the excitement of my long-term partner and I getting engaged and beginning to plan our wedding.

January 2015 marked the start of a new job as the Administration Manager for NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester, and January 2014 was busy starting a new role with The University of Manchester, renovating properties, moving,  and becoming a landlord.

January 2017 is different. There are no new jobs, house moves or big goals but that’s OK. This year I have a new perspective on life which I am thankful for. I am currently an ‘in-patient’ on weekend leave from a Neuro/Trauma Rehabilitation Ward having had brain surgery on 16th December. My current priorities are regaining sensation in my left leg and foot and learning to walk again unaided.  I’m in awe of my pre-brain surgery body. I could run, swim and walk really fast. I’m now discovering a newfound love for lace-up flats (I still love you ridiculous heels!) and patience I didn’t know I had.

I’ll be posting more about my experiences of living with a brain tumour soon, including sharing some of the little things that kept me going during my recent hospital stay.

Staying in on New Year’s Eve meant I needed something comfortable to wear yet I still hankered for a bit of glitz. I’ve linked below my outfit of choice (the Oliver Bonas necklace was a Christmas gift).

Wishing you all a very happy 2017.


  • peter jordan February 14, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Hi Sarah
    I had a brain tumour in May 1999. It was on my pituitary and most of it was successfully removed by surgery. I admire your attitude. I learnt a lot about myself after surgery. I learnt about trying to stay positive while in the depths of despair. Also, about letting go, sometimes. Fighting, fighting, fighting. I live with the results of the tumour – it bled into my pre-frontal cortex for 3 days before surgery. So there was a lot of damage. When i leave the chemist each fortnight it’s with a shopping bag of meds. But, hey, i’m still here and if it returns, it returns. Mine was benign, thankfully. Keep fighting the fight.

    • Sarah Gaffney February 15, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Hi Peter, lovely to hear from you and thanks for sharing your own story. Sounds like it was a really difficult time and of course you now live with the uncertainty that surrounds these sort of things. I fully get what you mean about learning about yourself after surgery and the reality of having to accept the ‘new’ normal. Sarah

  • Jacqueline wood February 13, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Have you herd of a website site called not another bunch of flowers ? Its well worth a look 👀 Sarah keep your chin up. And tell your mum I’ll see her and our Dave on Saturday. Xxx 😘 Xxx

  • Jacqueline Wood January 22, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Blog with attitude love it Sarah. Stay strong and positive.

    • Sarah Gaffney February 15, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Thank you Jackie x

  • Shirley Thomasson January 17, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Wonderful blog, Sarah. I’ve been thinking about you, wondering how you are … Please email me when you’re ready for visitors. Lots of love, Shirlx

    • Sarah Gaffney February 15, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Great to hear from you Shirley (apols for delayed reply) x

  • Cath Wright January 16, 2017 at 7:38 am

    What a great thing to do Sarah. Are there no end to your talents! Look forward to the next blog and hopefully see you soon. Cath xx

  • Pat kelly January 11, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Loving the blog Sarah. This time next year you will be wedding blogging!! All this behind us ! See you next week.
    Much love auntie Pat

    • Sarah Gaffney February 15, 2017 at 11:19 am

      Thanks Pat. xx

  • Carrie January 11, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I love your blog sarah and your fab taste in necklaces, I will have a look at oliver bonas. As Sue says, you really are missed and we all look forward to seeing you soon. Love Carrie xx

  • Juliette Kumar January 10, 2017 at 6:17 am

    I am loving the blog Sarah, it’s every bit as stylish and smart as you are. Out of diversity comes creativity – stay strong, stay positive and know that many people are sending you love and good vibes every moment of every day ❤💪❤ 💪

    • Sarah Gaffney February 15, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Thanks Juliette, lovely to hear such positive vibes. x

  • Sue W January 9, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Miss you lots. CLAHRC isn’t the same without you, your heels and your sparkle

    • Sarah Gaffney February 15, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Thank you Sue xx

  • Pauline Nelson January 9, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    What a brilliant blog Sarah. We are all thinking of you and spurring you on to get back in those heels soon!
    Love Pauline (N) x

    • Sarah Gaffney February 15, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Thank you Pauline… sorry for delay in replying. x

  • Craig Millar January 6, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Your Jan has been very different! Inspired by your reflections and learnings. Look forward to your next post and seeing you soon.

    • Sarah Gaffney February 15, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Thanks for following Craig. Hope to make it to one of the Meetups when I’m up to it. There’s certainly a story or two in this 🙂 x

  • Amber January 5, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Love this post! Your attitude is amazing and I love that you’re still as glamorous as always! Xx

    • Sarah Gaffney February 15, 2017 at 11:19 am

      Thank you Amber. All the best for your adventure x

  • Evan Kontopantelis January 5, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Hope you are back to 100% soon Sarah. We are thinking of you.

    • Sarah Gaffney February 15, 2017 at 11:19 am

      Thanks so much Evan x

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