Mentoring

i just had mentoring with colette, she’s my mentor from the basement club. we discussed a lot of things. i want to publish a book of poetry and it looks like that will be going ahead. colette is going to email the teacher who teaches creative writing at the basement club and ask her for some ideas of places to contact regarding publishing. she also said i should apply for funding to help with costs. however the applications for the funing wont go ahead until next year so in the meantime i will also try to save some money myself to help with costs. once she gets the information from the creative writing teacher she is going to forward me on the websites and then i will start emailing the publishers and ask them for guidelines on what they are looking for. i need to type up some of my work so that it will be ready if they want samples of my poetry.
the other thing we discussed was me maybe participating in a few social things that involve me traveling to different places on public transport. using public transport gives me anxiety so i will have to take things slowly. colette is going to email me a timetable of things that are going on around cork city and once i find some interesting things that i might like to try out i am going to contact the guide dogs centre and get someone to come out and do some route training with me. in the 7 years that i’ve lived where i’m living i’v never taken the public bus anywhere so that will be a first for me.
the last thing we discussed was my distress level. i was telling colette that i have been very distressed lately and having hallucinations of bugs crawling on me and hearing voices and having a lot of anxious thoughts that are very overwhelming. we did a points scale and she asked me on a scale of 1 to 10 how distressed i get when things are at a 5. she said when i hit five could i contact her and maybe make an appointment to come in and talk to her where she could just listen without telling me what i should do, just be there to listen to me and give me space to process things. i said i’d try to do that. she said it was unfair of me to try to cope with that level of stress and if it was my best friend having the stress in their lives i wouldnt ask them to cope with it so why should i have to. i suppose she’s right.

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Author: manyofus1980

I am a woman in my mid 30's. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

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