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People of Cessnock is a blog by local resident, Rebecca Murray. The project seeks to value the people of her home town by sharing their stories value and raising the profile of people living outside metropolitan areas.

Thirty-Seven

Thirty-Seven

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“I work at Aruma. They used to be House With No Steps but they changed their name. It’s at Warabrook. I catch 4 buses and 2 trains. It takes forever. It feels like forever. Most of the day is just travelling, pretty much.

I used to work up at the laundry in Cessnock – Endeavour - but they closed. I was pretty sad for a while about it. I was there for 8 years. But I have to move on from it.

I made some friends there. Some of them have found work and some of them haven’t … cause we were all there for the same reason. It’s just so hard trying to find something when you’ve got a disability. I just feel I’m one of the lucky ones who’s got a job.

I get really anxious about new people. I just get really bad anxiety a lot. Some people don’t understand when it comes to that. It’s part of my disability.

I have Fragile X syndrome. It’s a form of autism. That explains the anxiety.

You can’t see my disability, which is kind of a blessing in disguise. Cause I know other people have disabilities and you can see it, but with Fragile X you can’t see it. Unless you spend a lot of time with the person … then you pick bits and pieces up.

What I really want is just for people to accept me as me. You know, we all get anxiety to some degree. I just get it a lot worse than others.

I’ve posted a lot of things about it over the years on Facebook. There was an awareness day on the 22nd of July about it. I just encouraged people to wear orange to support it. I just think it’s important to create awareness cause you get a lot of people who don’t really understand it. It took me years to understand it myself.”

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Thirty-Six

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