With just under a week to go and with advanced copies of the book now in my possession, the day I received them will be forever etched in my memory.
The morning I received the books, I had a sign early on that mum was with me and that she approves the book. Sitting at the kitchen table the kitchen lights started to flicker for a few seconds, a sure sign something was going to happen.
I wasn’t prepared for what happened. Later that morning, at 11.30am when the doorbell rang, I signed for a package, but even with the package in my hand, unconsciously the penny didn’t drop.
Also, growing up with a disability, with my parents supported, my family could have emotionally supported me and taken the journey with me, but it’s not how that worked out. It was a journey I was to take on my own.
With no emotional and mental support behind me, it’s something I haven’t come to terms with. Honestly, I’m not sure you ever do.