Monday, 1 February 2016

Guest Post Rebecca Nicholson- I live with Cerebral Palsy and PTSD and i would like to share my story with you.

Hi

Today guest post is from my inspiring Facebook friend Rebecca

lets hear what Rebecca has to say ............



I learnt of the wonderful work of Tommy Whitelaw about two years ago when I began volunteering at Woodlands, a local dementia day center.  I was deeply moved by The honesty and feeling in his words.  The love and respect he has for his mum Is truly heartwarming..

As Tommy describes the overwhelming sense of isolation and loneliness he and his lovely mum faced, my eyes fill with tears and my heart with love, admiration and understanding as this beautiful story Echoes the same struggle, The same longing for understanding. The same pit of darkness and despair, that entrapped my soul.  I am not  for one minute suggesting  I know what it felt like to  hold on so tight to every precious piece   of your dear mum as dementia slowly steals her away from you. I just  couldn't know how truly devastating that must be.

I have had the pleasure of meeting  some truly inspiring people with the most incredible life stories     While volunteering at woodlands.
For me there is nothing more rewarding than a smile or a laugh from those who otherwise seem lost  or afraid the moments of joy free from Dementia when  only the essence of their soul shines through.
My time with such amazing people prompted me to write

"Whilst I still Remember"


I turn the delicate thumbed pages each day
Looking back  on my life to date.
This is where it all began.
 That's auntie Fran and uncle Stan.
With each page I grow older year by year
soft white hair neatly cut in to a bob, I notice a few little   age spots.
I'm getting old you see. First i forgot how many  sugars I take in my tea. Peoples names now  escape me.
As time went on my memory got worse
I couldn't remember which came first dinner or desert.
I sometimes become frustrated and angry this because I don't understand what's happening to me. I want you to know I don't mean to act in such a way
Please don't be ashamed of me.
Although you may now be a stranger I still love you dearly.




Okay so my name, Rebecca Nicholson- I live with Cerebral Palsy and PTSD I'd like to share my story with you.
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So A few years back life seemed bleak and pointless .. With no real direction as  my future hung in the balance ...I continued to fight for the education experience I longed for and knew I deserved...
Five years later and now in my final year of Treloar I have achieved 3 starred distinctions in my study of health and social care  at Alton college a mainstream environment.  I was awarded with the Governors  award for outstanding achievement in December.... 

 My world is bright and full of possibilities .. That is more than I could have ever wished for... I have applied to Stirling university to undertake a social work degree in September... Don't get me wrong i still struggle, but that's okay  we all do right? One thing I know for sure is that I wouldn't have  had this life changing opportunity, if it wasn't for Highland council.I'd like to take this chance to show my thanks and gratitude..

Finally I just want to reach out to those who are going through difficulties or who are struggling with something at present.. I  know how hard it can be.. I climbed from the depths
      I hope my story gives you the courage and strength to know you can do it too..I'm right here with you..
..  Go gently let hope be the light in your darkness. Please follow my journey on Missiebeeable my Facebook blog.

On the link below
https://www.facebook.com/MissiebeeableRebecca-Nicholson-141800512562012/

I would love to hear from you.
Rebecca X



Thanks for reading my blog, You can now view my 8 short flims here! http://tommy-on-tour-2011.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/my-mums-name-was-joan-this-is-our-story.html
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1 comment:

  1. As Tommy describes the overwhelming sense of isolation and loneliness he and his lovely mum faced, my eyes fill with tears and my heart with love, admiration and understanding as this beautiful story Echoes the same struggle, The same longing for understanding.

    Live in care

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