Abigail, since the day you first pulled on your nurses costume as a child you made it clear that you would one day be a nurse. Your kind, thoughtful and determined nature meant that those around you didn’t doubt for a second that you would achieve your dream.

Getting accepted into De Montford University was the beginning of your journey and the hard work you put into your theory assignments set you on the right track. Alongside your theory, you were incredibly successful on placements, always receiving the highest praises from your mentors and patients. Your first ever placement was on a haematology ward and it was easy to see you’d found your calling very early on. Three years flew by faster than anticipated and before we knew it, we were at your graduation. Watching you walk across the stage to receive your Bachelor of Science (Honours) first class degree after completing your Adult Nursing (with NMC Registration) programme was the proudest I’ve ever been in my life.

You had already secured a job in haematology before graduation and I think it’s safe to say you hit the ground running. It’s been amazing to watch you grow as a nurse since qualifying. You continue to learn new things and develop more skills but your patient care never changes. It’s always been phenomenal. You’re sensitive to their needs and advocate for their best care. You’ve cried for them, laughed with them and fought for their best interests.

I’m proud to say you’re my girlfriend. Hopefully, one day I’ll be able to say I’m proud to call you my wife – if you’ll say yes?