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Depression, Dealing with Demons

Depression, Dealing with Demons
I was 17 years old, my first year in 6th form, studying for A levels. I'd been pushed around, made to feel different when I just wanted to fit in, was coming to terms with going from deaf to deafblind, to being a guide dog owner and coping with all the usual things teenagers deal with. I had an untold number of professionals involved in my life and looking back now only one of those people actually tried to understand me and sadly I only saw her once a term. At my real time of need I was bullied, not just by my peers but also by the staff. I have always used my creative ability to make a point and my communication skills should have made me an easy person to support, strangely the staff spent most of their time telling me what my needs were instead of listening...
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Just Imagine

Just Imagine
Having Usher Syndrome means deafness with a progressive blindness and for some complete blindness. None of us can possibly know if we will be unlucky enough to lose all sight, however it is a consideration. I lost so much sight so quickly the thought of any further progression has been scary and something I choose not to think about it unless I have to. At the beginning of the year I found myself in that position, through no fault of my own, where was I going with my life. The profession I'd originally dreamt of was gone and now at 20 years old I needed to reconsider what I could do being deaf and already very blind. Most would assume "Deafblind" what can she do?  Well, you'd be surprised at the things I can do! I doubted myself a lot after diagnosis, always questioning the whys and how's. The one...
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