My name is Lucy and I am 12 years old. Today I am writing this blog, I’ve never written a blog before so it’s a bit scary, but I’m doing it so I can tell you all why every child needs play.

When I feel anxious or scared, my favourite thing to do is colouring-in. I do a lot of colouring-in because I’m often in hospital where I feel most anxious. Lilac is my favourite colour because it helps me feel calm and I need that to help me forget everything that’s happening to me in the hospital.

I was about three or maybe four when I knew I was different. My tummy isn’t connected up and I can’t swallow properly. The big, long name of my condition is Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula and Oesophageal Atresia. My mum and dad are sad but they try and be cheerful. I know I have to go into hospital because it’s for the best. I don’t want to go though, because I miss my friends. They are always asking if I’m okay because they love me to bits and I love them.

Our play specialists in hospital are so nice and the doctors and nurses too, but when you are in hospital for a long time IT’S BORING! That’s why having toys and games is good. It distracts me from what’s happening. The doctors and nurses sometimes come to take my blood and it hurts. So I like to play card games, even though Mum says I cheat because I always win…!

Some children in hospital don’t have people who can visit them because they are really poorly, this makes me really sad. They can play Fortnite or Minecraft on the tablets, but I think they would like to see their friends. It’s not the same, but the play specialists and nurses are their friends in hospital and they are all super fun!

Last year I was in hospital right up until Christmas Eve but then I got home. PHEW! Christmas at our house is the best. I really hope I’m home for Christmas and not poorly in hospital, that’s my only wish his year.

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