By T R Eden
About the Author
What affected me as a child?
• At school I always felt that I did not fit in, I found making friends difficult, as I felt that I stood out from everyone else.
• Whilst a school I had a couple of friends that I felt comfortable with because we had a lot in common.
• I always felt that other people did not understand how difficult I found communicating with them. So I sometimes got picked on.
• I could not deal with massive crowds as I thought everyone was looking at me.
• My parents are loving, supportive and kind. They helped me deal with my problems in the best way possible.
• My teachers supported me to the best of their ability especially with my Dyslexia and coordination.
• Visually, I could see wired things inside my head that sometimes did not make sense.
What affected me as a teenager?
• I found college very difficult because of the amount of work involved in terms of studying with dyslexia. Also interacting with other students that did not have dyslexia was difficult.
• I found work difficult because there was a lot to take in terms of dealing with the public, I would become very self aware about my ability to cope.
• As the first signs of illness started to show, I could not concentrate and found remembering information was also becoming more difficult.
• Making friends was becoming increasingly difficult because I could not give them my full concentration or follow what they had to say.
• I was becoming more self aware of other people and thought that everyone was watching me and talking about me.
• I could not deal with big crowds as I felt scared and unable to concentrate within a mass of people.
• My teachers were extremely supportive of my dyslexia and coordination, in fairness they did not know that I was becoming extremely unwell towards the end of the course.
• Towards the end of my college course I was starting to think people were talking to me when they weren’t, I also started to feel really isolated.
What affects me as an adult?
• By the time I reached 21 I was seeing horrific images all the time. I also had developed obsessive compulsive disorder. Meaning that I become worried about things like leaving the tap running. Eventually these situations have made me extremely anxious.
• I was emitted into hospital for six months to help treat me, then I spent about 2 years in the day hospital to help me recover.
• I found it impossible to deal with anyone else because my head was going round in circles especially because of the images I was seeing.
• I still cannot handle large groups and some times have to walk away from groups because I cannot concentrate.
• I am starting to get the confidence to deal with other people in various situations like groups in a meeting.
I owe my parents everything they looked after me when I was really unwell which wasn’t easy.
• Key workers are people who look after me. I have had great support from so many people to help me recover to the stage I am at now although I still see images and get anxious and suffer from OCD. The key workers have helped me gain some freedom,independence and confidence.
What I hope to achieve in the future.
I hope that my experiences will help promote understanding for disabilities among children and adults. I also hope that the book is an interesting read and people enjoy it.
In a normal street full of Victorian buildings with old fashioned chimneys stood a pub on the corner of the street and a village school on top of a hill. A road called Gravestone Street ran through the village. This wasn’t just any old street - it was where three heroes lived.
These three heroes were not aware of their potential, each having to deal on a daily basis with their own issues. Max (blond hair, blue eyes, brown jacket, white T shirt, blue jeans and black shoes) suffered from an illness called obsessive compulsive disorder which meant he had to keep checking things to confirm they were as they should be. He continuously worried that any mistake could lead to something serious. Allison (brown hair, green eyes, red jacket, green T shirt, blue jeans and brown shoes) suffered from anxiety, so anything unusual or outside of her normal routine would cause her undue worry. The final hero was Jack (spiked blond hair, green eyes, blue jacket, black T shirt, blue jeans, white trainers) who could see and hear things which were not real to everyone else, but were very real to him. Max, Alison and Jack were very good friends who understood what each other had to deal with in their lives.
One morning the three friends were having breakfast at Alison’s parent’s house. Unlike Max and Jack’s parents who had to leave for work early, Alison’s parents were self employed and worked from home. After breakfast Max, Alison and Jack set off for school. This was no easy task as the hill the school was the steepest for miles around and they always felt out of breath on reaching the top.
“I think I’ve left my bedroom light on!” said Max. “I’ve got to go back and switch it off!”
Jack grabbed his arm. “No you don’t.” He said. “We don’t have time and can’t be late!”
As they arrived at the school, the head teacher Mr Roberts (blue eyes, brown hair, black suit, white shirt, brown shoes) came to meet them.
“Welcome, all!” He said. “You are extremely privileged to come to this school. Grave Dale High is not just a school it’s a learning centre for future historical research. We have extra lessons in history and basic detective skills you know.”
“I hope I haven’t failed my exams.” Alison said as they approached the playground.
“You were top of the class last week!” said Jack. “It’s highly unlikely you’ll fail, so stop worrying!”
They headed for the classroom and as the bell rang their teacher, Mrs Porter ( black hair, red dress, green eyes, red high heal shoes) asked them to sit down.
“Are you okay Jack?” She asked. Jack had the look about him that he got when he saw his horrific, indescribable images.
Mrs Porter gave out the test papers.
“I’ve done well.” Said Alison “It’s okay I feel better now.”
“See, I told you there was nothing to worry about.” said Max.
“Well done Alison.” said Mrs Porter in front of the whole class. “You’re top of the class again!”
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