Things I have done:

  • Harrods. I haven’t been since I was a child and I want to see it all Christmassy.
  • Go to a Chanel boutique and buy myself a bag.
  • Harry Potter Studios.
  • Betty’s flagship store.
  • Good Food Show. (Every time until I die.)
  • See Paris. I have always wanted to but the closest I’ve got is Disneyland.
  • Speaking of Disneyland – I want to go back to Disneyland Paris and stay in the Tinkerbell Suite in the Disneyland Hotel. I have been obsessed with it since I discovered its existence and if I can’t go to America, at least I could zip across the channel.
  • I would like to have a week or so in London, doing all the things I have wanted to do, like Harrods, Chanel, Fortnum & Mason, etcetera.
  • Be drawn by Chris Riddell.
  • Go to the Elle offices. See an issue get put together.
  • Dinner at The Hand and Flowers.
  • Go to Heat towers. That subscription got me through some tough times. Plus it looks like fun.
  • Go to a recording of The News Quiz that involves Sandi Toksvig, Susan Calman and Jeremy Hardy.
  • See Ed Sheeran live.
  • London Borough market!
  • Dinner at Tom’s Kitchen.
  • Eat at Duck & Waffle.

Things I would love to do:

  • MeatLiquor.
  • German Christmas markets! (Every year until I die.)
  • See The Orangerie. I promised Nat Dormer I would, but on our only full day in Paris, it wasn’t open.
  • Sing in front of a large audience.
  • Sit on the front row of a show at LFW (preferably Mulberry, Chanel or Alexander McQueen).
  • Get more people to register for organ and bone marrow donation. Be on This Morning or Lorraine or just something with an audience that I cannot reach by myself.
People I am a huge fan of and would love to meet (for more than just a selfie – I want them to understand the cause and spread the word):
  • Sandi Toksvig✅
  • Sue Perkins
  • Tim Minchin
  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Jameela Jamil
  • Mary Berry
  • Cara Delevingne
  • Jeremy Hardy
  • Katharine Ryan✅
  • Sarah Pascoe✅
  • Aisling Bea✅
  • Joe Lycett✅
  • Josie Long✅
  • Romesh Ranganathan✅
  • Robyn Wilder Heritage
  • Josh Widdicombe ✅(& Producer Neil)
  • Nat Dormer and Joe Dempsie again to thank them properly for looking after me at the Catching Fire afterparty
  • Patrick Stewart
  • Ian McKellan 
  • Daniel Radcliffe
  • Taylor Swift
  • Emma Thompson

Things I’ll never be able to do:

  • Fly anywhere ever again:
    • Go to The Little Prince theme park in Ungersheim.
    • Go to Moomin World in Finland.
    • Go to DisneyWorld/Universal/Harry Potter Land.
    • See New York.
  • Live independently.
  • Have a child.
  • Finish all the books I have to read.
  • Know what it’s like to have someone be in love with you.

11 responses to Aspirations.

    Katherine Howard October 27, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Hi Kathryn,

    I’ve just come across an article about you online and it really moved me and has spurred me into action. It seems criminal to me that people are suffering and lives are lost because there aren’t enough donors. So, I’m signed up to donate blood and, following this, I can sign up to the bone marrow registry.

    I truly hope you receive all that you need and wish you all the very best.

    Thank you,

    P.S This site allows you to sign up for tickets for loads of shows, including panel shows:

    lizzy hathaway-white October 30, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Hi Katherine,
    I have lived in London for the past 4 years, you are more than welcome to come down whenever you want and stay. Id be more than willing to show you round town, visit fortnum and mason, go to new bond street and then up to harrods to see it all decked out for christmas. Let me know sweetie, xxxx


    Hi Kathryn.
    I’d really like to send you a little something – to help with your aspirations list.
    Do you have an email address that I can get in touch on?


    Kathryn, you are a hilarious chick (loved your reply to the dude about the fruit) and you are one exceptional writer 🙂
    I live in Australia, stumbled across you as I was researching liver failure for exams coming up. Im bloody devastated for you Kathryn!! 😦 reading a few things about and by you…Im touched.
    Im going to sign up to donor registry, find out how to do it in OZ and do it. Thankyou, very inspirational.
    Look after yourself. I wish you all the best chick..Emma xo


    Oh crap I’m in tears.
    I’ve never signed up to the register, and if I’m honest about it it’s because of a subconscious refusal to confront my own mortality.
    Stupid really, since a blood clot on my lung could have killed me two years now.
    I mean, this wouldn’t have been hastened by being on a bloody register, nor will not being on it stop a bus running me over.
    Your courage is my clarity.
    I’ve been stupid.
    I’m signing.
    Bless you.


    Hello Kathryn. I saw your comment about never knowing ‘what it’s like to have someone be in love with you’. I also saw your instagram comment about your ‘stance’ on romance. Please reconsider your stance. Please don’t shut yourself off from this – can’t you reconsider allowing yourself to be open to love? I feel so sad for you that you seem to have that door shut. Crack it open and see what it brings you…allow yourself to be open to all things as far as you can. Please? x


      I’m sorry, I just can’t. Who’s going to even consider the idea of falling in love with someone who could drop dead any day when they can have someone healthy and likely to stay alive to break their heart instead of dying on them? It’ll hurt my family enough, no innocent bystanders need to be added into the equation. And it would destroy me every day to know that I’m going to do that. So I can’t. I won’t. x


    Hi Kathryn,
    I just loved reading your blog and all your day to day things. Gosh you have been through the mill with your illness to put it mildly and at such a young age. I would love to be on the bone marrow list, or be a blood or organ donor, but I can’t as I unfortunately have pre-myeloma cells in my own bone marrow. It may never go to full blown myeloma, but I am not allowed to donate as a result as I’m in a high risk group. What you are doing raising awareness of donation is marvellous. Gosh, and to live out your dreams is something we can all aim for…. you’ve inspired me today there I must admit. I have been a music teacher… piano and sung professionally. Unfortunately I have gone deaf, which is the saddest part of my life. Yet, whatever befalls us, there is still so much joy to still find isn’t there? And that’s what comes across in your blog. You know what, I didn’t notice your face was moon shaped at all until you mentioned it!!! Truly. I just noticed your fabby glasses and great dresses. Hey, and as regards love, I fell in love at the age of nearly 40, with a man who was dying of cancer. To be in love with him was the greatest privilege of my entire life. Yes, he died and yes, it broke my heart as I loved him, but I would not swap one precious day, one precious minute or one precious second of our time together or even the grief for he lit up my life. Love, true love, sees the inner soul and it is as if there is a cord linking you both. It cannot be reasoned through, measured by time or circumstance alter it, as Shakespeare said, “It is an ever fixed mark.” So I truly hope you may find that, as I did, true and abiding. Bless you for all you do and thank you. xxx

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