Looking back at my life particularly my upbringing, I’m not sure how I would have faired at university had I been allowed to go. I was supposed to visit family without my parents, but never got there… I came home. There is no doubt that my struggles with confidence and leaving home were very much to do with having no support or guidance in my life. To do anything well and feel confident we definitely need stability and support. I clearly didn’t cope with leaving home, let alone do university at my children’s age, but I could do it now. I’m pleased that both of my children have managed and are doing well for themselves at university. For me I remember the feeling as if it were yesterday. There is no doubt in my mind I struggled emotionally to deal with even the basics. I hate that. One thing I do know is that had I had the support I’m sure I’d be writing a different story now.