I was unfortunately diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of cancer, in 2015 and took a year out of teaching to go through the gruelling treatment. It was a very eye opening time for me and at the time, as a single mum, I was worried about leaving my daughter on her own and regretting the time I hadn’t been able to spend with her because I had been working so hard to provide for us. My cancer diagnosis was unfavourable and during the following year, while going through treatment, I crammed in time to make memories with my family and my daughter in particular. Once my treatment was over I married my partner Frank and returned to teaching accepting that I would be living with cancer. I taught for a year but soon realised that it was no longer the job that I wanted to do and that once again it was taking away the precious time I could be spending with my family. I left teaching in September 2017 in search of something that I could do that was rewarding and meant that I would be able to have that family time back. I decided that I would take some time out to re-evaluate my life and find something to suit. I was supported by local charities during my treatment including Victoria’s Promise who helped me to recover mentally from the experience and accept what I had been through. Yes, I had cancer but there is more to me than that and now I want to get on with living my life to the fullest and making sure every day counts.
I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do next but knew that I should make good use of my teaching experience and skills. When I saw the advert for a franchise of Pop Up Play Village I just knew that this was what I was meant to do! I investigated what it was all about and discovered that I would be the very first franchisee! It was quite a scary thought but I was now miraculously in remission from the cancer and knew that life was short, too short to have regrets and that sometimes you have to take a risk! Chatting over everything with my family and friends I decided to have a go and I launched my business in February 2018.