So I was in charge of giving a family a tour of the centre where my ILS course is on this morning. There was the mom and dad, and their 3 kids. I talked to them about what we do in the ILS course, about the modules we take, and about living in the residential setting from Monday friday of each week. ThenI showed them my apartment. They seemed to like it and thought we had a good set up here. I wasnt even nervous doing it. It helped that the main tutor of the ILS course was also there. She kept singing my praises and saying how active I am what with holding down a volunteer position, a work experience position, and also doing a college course one evening a week. Like that was somehow unheard of or something. I just played it down and told them I like to keep busy. Of course they only saw my blindness, they knew nothing of my mental health issues. No one does here really. i keep it well hidden. Anyway, I’m not sure which one of their kids might be coming on the ILS course. It was interesting though and it felt good to be asked to do this.

Author: Carol Anne

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.

8 thoughts on “Tour”

  1. Well done. 🙂 People are usually very surprised if they hear someone disabled is doing something not every able-bodied person does, and doing it all together as you do, could definitely seem uncommon for them, because it is. Not many people are so active, so if they see your disability on top of that, that makes them even more surprised than they’d be normally meeting such an active person as you are. Or so I think. Btw I think you have to be very strong and brave if you hide your mental illnesses so that no one at the course knows about your struggles. I guess it must be pretty hard to hide DID completely from people. I’m glad it went so well. 🙂

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