I am aware I am behind on the blog mainly due to time, internet and not being very organised but I feel I need to spend getting it right. I know this post has nothing to do with our trip but with it being the 100th post I wanted to do something that is representative of who Sharon was as a person. xxx
From the moment I met Sharon she devoted her life to helping others, from Teaching Sex ed at school, volunteering at a school in the Gambia, west Africa to working as a support assistant at the West of England school for visually impaired. Unsure of what she wanted to do she took degree in health and social care management and after excelling at this she realised her passion was in helping people with Addiction and so she proceeded in taking a second degree in Addiction counselling. She worked at two places one at broadway lodge where she met Sara her mentor and also Clouds near Salisbury.
I learned a lot from Sharon while she was learning and also once she was qualified. It opened my eyes to how destructive Addiction is and how quickly it can change and destroy so many lives.
I realised It’s not something you can ‘just say no’ to but an illness that so many people have, in every walk of life and spend everyday battling. During the time Sharon wasn’t well with a bad back she had to take large amounts of morthine to deal with the pain that changed her personality and it took her a while to come off it once she’d had treatment. This gave her even more empathy with her clients helping her understand a little more about the effects these drugs can have and also gave me a tiny snapshot into the effect of this drug but not into addiction.
Sharon loved her job helping people with this illness so much she would even go to work in pain and lay on the floor in meetings giving her input into how to improve her clients lives and make the service even better. Sharon not only enjoyed her job but was also lucky to be surrounded by some of the best workers in their field all dedicated to helping others.
Sharon would often take groups out on outward bound courses and try and break the cycle that so many were stuck in.
I would like to dedicate this post not just to the dedicated staff who chose a career that changed their whole life to help with addiction but also to everyone of you that has to fight this illness everyday to get out of it and to continue to fight it everyday day for the rest of your life. I can’t begin and will never understand how hard it is to fight this and will always have the greatest respect for all that do but what I do know is riding a bike is a hell of a lot easier.
Sharon often talked about returning to be a councillor again and even going back to the beginning so she never missed a thing. These are a collection of our favourite pictures of clouds along our way. enjoy xxxxxxx
Thanks for reading xxx