My untold story told and why I keep going
In The Beginning
I cannot talk about what is feels like to work with a Chronic Condition as it brings me to tears. I can only describe it in words or try to.
I started working at fourteen in a kitchen, washing dishes, cleaning tables and serving customers. Still learning, still studying and trying to earn some money for myself. I hit sixteen due to leave school. I didn’t know what to do. I then find out about an apprentice scheme to take part in. I can work, get paid and study one day a week at college. Sounds perfect. Not Knowing then it would take me on this journey. This journey of pride, sense of achievement, knowledge and above all finding myself. Discovering I can help others despite my own circumstances.
I knuckled down, studied hard, went to work whilst still working in the kitchens at the weekends. I was in the working world. Earning my own money. Paying for my own driving lessons. I can always remember my dad saying. “You have to go out and get what you want. No one else is going to do it for you” He was right and even though he is not here with me today. I can still always hear him saying those exact words. He was the person who inspired me to keep going for as long as I could. The story I haven’t told many.
At sixteen I studied in Early Years Care and Education Level Two and Three It was then the old NVQ. This took me about three years to complete. In that time I learnt a varied amount of knowledge whilst working in the childcare sector. I worked in two nurseries in the space of nine years. I then moved onto a Special needs school. Where I met the most amazing individuals. The learners all had their individual needs, their barriers and self-determination. They still carried on learning, they kept on pushing through and still were thriving. How did they do this? Then the answer came to me. They had the support from the school, from professionals, friends, staff who believed in them, me and most importantly their parents. I came to realize later on how important this would be.