STEPS for Carers meeting in Maryborough
It was lovely to be invited to talk to Carers and having the opportunity to talk to them about my journey and sell my book. The folk were all caring and compassionate toward each other and had an interesting journey of their own to share. I am so proud of their progress and to be able to share their story is a great step forward for them. They are typical of the battler – one step forward, two steps back but it’s the step forward that will get them through their daily struggle to exist in a world of mixed emotions and insecurity. They are positive of mind, and by attending the support groups, they will grow each day.
SIMPLE SOLUTIONS – Maryborough (Aged Care students)
I was invited to talk to the group in the afternoon and found them very interested in my journey. It can’t be easy sometimes to listen to someone go on and on about the hard life they lived however, I think it is necessary for any trainee to hear the other side of the ‘dementia coin’ from the carers point of view, whether it was from me or someone else who has had similar experience – it doesn’t matter so long as they know what it’s like when you are become responsible for someone who loses ability to care for themselves. After I finished my talk, one of the students paid me a lovely compliment when she said I was an amazing lady to be able to talk about my story and to do what I do.
The carers I spoke to are travelling a long road but they are coping as well as carers can. They have support options, friends and family and that’s what we carers need. I know I did something constructive and positive by talking to the students as they enter an unknown world.
I sold 9 books, which to me is a positive as there are 9 other lives I have touched.
It was emotionally draining for me by the end of the day, and I had a bit of a cry because I had relived a lot of mixed memories, but a cup of tea and a piece of toast, winding down with a puzzle and a nana nap, helped me through the afternoon.