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The title ‘I’m still standing’ is from the Elton John song …my life swings between this song’s lyrics

Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
I’m still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind
I’m still standing yeah yeah yeah
I’m still standing yeah yeah yeah

and this one: which I found Whitney singing…
I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

This is me, just weeks meningitis hit me. My parents had attended a wedding and my mother’s mother, my beloved Grandma had come to sit with us. Apparently I was somewhat uncooperative during the evening, which was unusual.  By the time my mother and father returned I was pale and listless in my cot.  My mother ran across the road to a doctor from the hospital where she worked ( she was a nurse) and he came quickly. Scooping me up he handed me to my mother telling her to get to the hospital as fast as possible. As my mother left the room, he looked at my father and told him to ‘prepare for the worst’.
The events of that night changed my life’s path, or set me firmly on it, depending on how you look at things. It certainly set in motion patterns that took a long long time to be identified and then overcome. Patterns that impacted not just me but my family and others around us. However, overcome they were, and on the other side was great love.
Love to receive and love to give.
Love that really, had been there all the time. I know that now. 
Next week: Being a sickly kid.
Thinking of you, ♥ Jane
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