• Michelle Partington

Was that a light at the end of the tunnel?

Received a visit from SSAFA this morning and it was really positive, leaving me with a feeling that part of the system is working to help me finally. When I received the letter saying they were closing my case I was gutted, so to see the lovely Eva today was very welcoming. My faith in the system is definitely being restored, in parts at least.

Eva has stated that I can commence a therapeutic work placement which is fantastic and she is going to set it up. I would like to commence work in a care home for end of life care or a hospice. I have worked a lot with Macmillan Cancer Support and with my gorgeous nan suffering with the dreaded disease it is very close to my heart. My nan has me and others to care for her but there are so many others who do not have anybody there for them. Everyone deserves a hand to hold...

So I was feeling quite down on things because I just felt abandoned by the system. I have not had any counselling since moving up to Wigan in June. I've had no one really to talk to about my darkest moments. I talk to my mum and my grandparents but obviously I try to protect them as much as I can from the worst of it. I need someone professional who can help me clear my mind and stop me wanting to climb into my treasure chest and push the lid down!!

Eva has passed me another lifeline and suggested I source a councillor private and the system would pay. I was completely taken aback by the offer but also a massive sense of hope. Obviously I bit her hand off and I'm so relieved that I didn't have to fight battles to sort travel to Catterick anymore. They were supposed to sort me some service transport to get me to my appointments at Catterick Garrison but no one could decide which budget or region would pay for it so I was stuck in limbo until today. Fingers crossed this is the start of things to come and I can move forward. I don't want to continue living in this dark place any longer. I feel I may finally be reaching a bit of light hopefully....


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