I feel I live my life the way I want to live it
I lived with my mum until I went to a residential college, where they helped me become independent. When I left college, I came to live at Lisieux Trust, where I currently reside. They have supported me in becoming more independent.
I share a house with three other ladies, and I have lived there for 17 years. We all go on holiday together every year with support staff, unless there is a pandemic.
The staff support me with:
– Going to the doctors
– Using my washing machine
– Travel training, especially when I am going to new places.
I attend college and work placements independently. Having structure is very important to me, as I like being busy.
I appreciate it when my staff listen to me and talk to me when I am feeling anxious or worried. I tend to become very flappy when upset, but my staff know how to calm me down, which is crucial for me.
Recently, I visited the doctor, and the one I saw listened to my concerns and understood me, which was a positive experience. In the past, I often felt that doctors didn’t care or listen, making me feel like a nuisance. However, the doctor I saw this time was very thorough.
I feel that I am living my life the way I want to live it, and that’s why I am happy where I am. I didn’t want to live with my mum forever.