“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.”