I took care of my brother who was quadriplegic, from the neck down at the age of 19, a house had fallen on him and the doctors thought he would never be able to move any part of his body again.
Over time he gained feeling back in his left hand and some feeling back in his neck. Unfortunately he had Catheter and peg feeding issues and needed his traky cleaned often.
My brother passed away when I was 15 years old.
At the age of 16 , I had to take care of my younger brother who had a fall off a horse and became a paraplegic, he was 14 years old. I took care of him until I was 22 years of age and he passed in 2007.
My mother became so ill and the following year she had passed due to a broken heart and Emphysema.
My father passed of Pneumonia and all throughout all this, I had very little schooling…learnt more on the out side than I did at school, guessing because I was hands on all the time.
I was relied on a lot from my family from the age of around 9 years old. I feel I wasn’t recognised for the work I did with my brothers as I was too young.
It wasn’t until I was in my teenage years, I decided that I want to step into the world of disability and aged care, to help and support all ages in these fields.
I continued to take care of other members of my own family on my mother and fathers side.
I moved over to Australia on the 3rd of March 1994, for a better life style. I first landed a job with health troubled teenagers, broken from their families, and learning Development of Life skills, housing, schooling, job skills, simple activities, learning of sign language, reading of the body, these were the steps to my future working for companies making a difference in one persons life.
I worked for a few organisations, until 22 Feb 2014, I then decided to work for myself.
I was a little scared at first, but thought if my friend can do it so can I…now 6 years later, I have not turned back since working for myself, I love the challenges and always find a way around them.
That’s why I became who I am today, through life’s experiences and challenges.
I am now a Private Support Worker, working within the homes of my clients and providing the care and support that they require.