I was really lacking in self-confidence, and had all the thoughts and feelings
we all would rather be without! Most of us have been there at one time or
another, the trick is, how to find a way to make yourself feel better?
For me, the step I needed was Tyneside Womens' Health.
They are based in new premises just off the High Level Bridge in Gateshead,
and also hold sessions in Byker. Both places are disabled friendly, and
it's possible to be dropped off at the door.
At my induction session I told the Counsellor I had Ataxia, and explained
about the worry of slurring and poor balance.
Initially I was apprehensive about talking about my 'hangups' in a group
of strangers'. The sessions were led by a Counsellor (she was lovely), very
informal and relaxed and the strangers' are now friends! Everyone was there
because they needed to regain their self-confidence (for whatever reason) and
we quickly bonded, gave each other support and had a good laugh!
A range of sessions are available, including Crafts and drop-in Coffee Mornings.
On Monday I went to the Christmas Coffee Morning, joined in singing carols
( I felt sorry for the person next to me) and got a present from Santa.
I'm so glad I managed to overcome my initial misgivings and persevere with
the course. If anyone would like to visit Tyneside Womens' Health, and feels
they'd just like someone to go with them, please contact me.