Help me get a fresh start in 2018 with my dog

Elyzabeth Leonas Start Date: Jan 5, 2018 - End Date: Feb 23, 2018
  • Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

My Travel Story

by: Elyzabeth Leonas Start Date: Jan 5, 2018 - End Date: Feb 23, 2018
Hello everyone,
my name's lizzy and I am a 22 year old student nurse from Newcastle. I had quite the year in 2017 it was possibly the worst time of my life, im sure there are probably lots of people who have had an awful experience to and im not saying how mine is worse compared to anyone else's I simply want to tell you what has happened. From the age of 11 me and my 2 younger sisters were placed into care. My little sisters were my world and the only family I ever really cared about. Faye the girl pictured above I was especially close with, she had quite bad disabilities which i wont go into but part of her medical problems caused her to have seizures. once we were taken into care she started to blossom and was doing really well she was only having about 3 seizures a year.  My sister was the reason I wanted to train to become a nurse  as I used to look after her when we were younger. Now in August 2017 my world came crashing down when i received a phone call from Fayes foster carer, she said faye had, had a seizure and had been without oxygen for around 17 minutes. She was currently in Intensive care. Faye was only 17 years old and the week previously had just enjoyed the day laughing on her birthday. I rushed to the hosipital to find her wired up to a life support machine. I broke down. The week following was worst of my life, she spent the week in Intensive care until the doctors told me she was brain stem dead. There was no coming back, Faye went on to save 5 other lives through organ donation which makes me the proudest sister in the world. Ive got to honestly say growing up Ive not only seen faye as my sister but also like a daughter because I had to act as a mother figure to her. I had chosen to stay around Newcastle for University because i wanted to make sure Faye was ok, I had also planned to have her living with me when she became an adult. For months I wouldnt get out of bed and can honestly say i felt so low that I often thought whats the point of being here anymore. However I have picked myself up since then and tried as best as I can to be the best version of me that I can. I want to travel so that I am able to make the most of my life and do things in the name of my little sister. I want to travel to tenerife to work and gain new cultural experiences, I am in my last few month of nursing so I hope to find a nursing job over there. I have a dog called Bailey who I have had for 5 years and honestly has helped me through the struggles ive faced I can't imagine not taking him as hes my world. I have looked into prices for getting him over there with me and it is fairly expensive. I want to make the most of my life and not have any regrets but also make my sister proud and do things she was never able to do.
thank you for taking time to read my story
lizzy and bailey x
  • Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain