I have recently joined the Lympstone MWC, my husband works at CTC and this is our first posting as a family. This move was very difficult for myself and my family as we have a 21 month old son with life limiting condition and severe complex health care needs, moving away from our family and friends was very hard. The Royal Marines welfare and charities have been tremendous support in our time of need. I never like to miss an opportunity to thank them. Often people ask me how i can remain so strong, With the choir and my new friends keeping me and my son smiling and the love and support from my husband and daughter ill always be stronger together xxxx
Lympstone Military Wives Choir
The photo is of my two daughters Abigail and Charlotte having a cuddle, after their bath, with their Great Nanny Eileen. My girls are my reason for getting up in the morning and its so important for me to keep strong and maintain their routine, even when Daddy is away. I am so lucky to still have my Nanny with me in her 95th year and she is really close to the girls. She gives them support and makes a real fuss of them. She is also fantastic support for me and we spend hours on the phone, putting the world to rights. She knows only too well what it is like being without the love of your life for a long time.
Their love keeps me strong - Together We Are Stronger.
Abingdon Military Wives Choir
I joined the choir in April 2010 after being talked into it at a wives coffee morning. I thought I’d go along for something to do as my husband had just been deployed to Afghanistan. Now after 2 and a half years choir is now part of my life! I would never have dreamed of doing the things I have been lucky enough to take part in. From singing locally to singing on the Jubilee stage. Not to mention appearing on 3 Album’s…..It’s mindblowing!!!
The group of friends I have met since joining has made a massive difference to my life. We have shared so many experiences together and had far too many giggles whilst on our choir journey. I love them all!!
I am now a month into my husbands 2nd tour of Afghan and having the support of my choir girlies each week gives me and my children something to focus on apart from normal everyday life. I am definitely #StrongerTogether thanks to my Catterick MWC Family xxx
I joined the choir when it was first formed in November 2011. At the time my husband was deployed overseas on a long operational tour. My third child was just two weeks old and my husband had missed his birth. At the same time my family were confronting an unexpected family illness, closely followed by the sudden and unexpected death of my Grandma, whom I was very close to.
Having three children to look after and my husband overseas, I had to stay strong for them. The choir gave me something positive to focus on at such a difficult time. The support I received from the girls and the joy I gained from singing helped get me through this.
I know I am lucky to have such a supportive husband who keeps me strong through the tough times. I also find my three children give me strength when he’s away. Through joining the choir I have gained a new group of friends in similar circumstances who really know what being a military wife is all about. On a personal level, it has also rekindled my joy of singing and increased my self-confidence.
Lympstone Military Wives Choir
On the 6th July a week before our Choir were due to record our parts for “Stronger Together” my Mum called me to tell me that the doctors suspected she had Myeloma, which is a form of Cancer, this suspicion could only be confirmed by a Bone Marrow Biopsy which she was due to have on the following Monday.
Being a Military Wife I now live around 250 miles away from my family which can be very difficult at the best of times, I felt utterly helpless. My instinct was, of course, to travel down to be with my Mum while she had the biopsy and awaited the results.
As I wouldn’t be able to get back until the recording day and so would miss all of the rehearsals I spent much of my 5 hour drive down, listening to and practising the song “Stronger Together”. I found that words held a poignancy in the circumstances my family had found ourselves in. They gave me some strength and hope in the knowledge that as a family we are Stronger Together and can face whatever the future holds for Mum.
Although Myeloma is not a Cancer which is curable, Mum is now having treatment to try to control it and give her a quality of life….whatever the future holds Stronger Together will always remind me of this time in our lives and the little piece of strength that the words gave me.
West of Scotland Military Wives Choir