Take One Minute – Only One Bad Day – Episode 2

I found it useful to tell people straight away, I didn’t then have to worry about explaining the changes in me every time I saw my friends. It also in someway helped me to find acceptance, by repeating the situation over and over made it real, made it sink in and made me face up to it. Without this acceptance I believe it would be hard to move on. If you are struggling I also found it extremely useful to write my ‘story’, down from when i first noticed things were odd to today. It doesn’t have to be for anyone else to read, it’s just for you.

Colleen Henderson-Heywood August 20, 2010

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