Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Fate Took My Hand

I've just completed another challenge on 52in10
This week's challenge is about your role model, a person who has influenced your life, or who you would aspire to be.
I've never had a mentor or anyone I greatly admire enough to aspire to be like them. Oh, Martin Luther King maybe, but I'm not a political activist, and no-one of his ilk has entered my little sphere of the World for me to copy. But thinking about this prompt reminded me of how I came to choose the career I did, and the influence of Fate in that decision. So there was the makings of a layout!

I have made a scrapbook page about training as a Radiographer before and blogged about it here so I took the words from that post and turned them into the hidden journaling on my Challenge layout. I printed off an old newspaper article about the expanding careers of women in society and decoupaged the centre image. I aged the papers with distress ink and ceated a border with ribbons and a heart punch at the bottom of the page. I then cut a slit in the page to form a pocket for my journaling tag.
The photo of me dates back to 1993 when I was working at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, just before I moved to Brighton.
The hidden journaling reads:
So, how did I choose Radiography as a career? I think Fate played a part in it.
When I was twelve I was knocked down crossing a busy road and my ankle was broken. I was taken to hospital and an enduring memory I had thereafter was of the Radiographer (not that I knew what her title was then) taking x-rays of me to show the fracture. It was only when I had to make a career choice and I definitely did not want to go to University like most of my classmates, that I discovered Radiography. I read all about it and applied to two Schools of Radiography to train. I was accepted by Oxford and started training in 1977. When I did my practical training at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, who should be there but the very Radiographer who x-rayed me after my accident!
Her name was Julie, but I never told her the influence she unwittingly had on my life.


  1. What a great story. I wonder if you have inspired another little girl in the same way but are unaware.

    Love the skelly image you used :)

  2. How lovely to share this story. Thanks.
    A x

  3. Fab LO for your album Ann, and a great story to boot, I do love a good provenance!

  4. OMG - what a fascinating story - thanks for sharing that - I think radiographers do a fantastic job. I;m also fascinated how you came to realise it was the same radiographer who x-rayed you. Small world!!!

    Paula x x x

  5. Hi Anne - Just to add thank you for becoming a follower - hope you come back to the playground soon.

    Paula x x x

  6. interesting story....I think we all play a part, be it large or small, in the influence of someone, somewhere along the way in our lives...it's a beautiful thought, isn't it!?




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