I used to feel that my life was a bit of a soap opera. I felt that dramatic things kept happening; traumatic things that ruptured the normal humdrum of life, as well as fun and amazing things that seemed so good they were unreal.
Then I met Neil and felt that was it was all smooth sailing. We were engaged in December within four and a half months – formally at least, he had made his intentions known much earlier. We share a close connection that took me by surprise. Some things can’t be measured in days or weeks; the moments are already deep and precious. But recent events taught me never to take things for granted.
Neil had a heart attack just days before Christmas.
It was Friday 22 December, and I had just finished work for the year, and we were given the afternoon off. He was on holidays getting his caravan ready for our trip to visit my family on the Gold Coast.