I came from Pilgrim State. At the time, I was battling alcoholism, bulimia, and anorexia. I had struggled for quite a few years. I was floundering around, drinking, drinking, drinking. I was married for 25 years and my husband was a heavy drinker. I would try and keep up with him. My life was just a mess. Before that I had gone to many different hospitals, maybe 15 at least. Finally, I went to one and the counselor there asked me if I would like to go to Pilgrim, a long-term care facility. As soon as I heard the word care, I knew it was a good thing. But it was scary going in there. My brother wrote me letters every day asking if I was safe. Eventually he came and got me. That was about 9 years ago. I left Pilgrim and came to one of Federation’s homes on the north shore. I couldn’t believe it when we drove up there…the beautiful trees and the horses.
I walked in and said, “Oh my God.”
It was a home.
Federation’s MRS team has helped me so much and continues to encourage my independence. That’s my basket there behind the couch and I take it with me and do my own grocery shopping.I get to pick out the items that I want. I also teach an adult education crocheting class one night a week at the local high school. We all sit in a little group and they tell me what they want to learn. I teach them different stiches, but I’ve learned so much from them as well. This is my second semester teaching. I was nervous at first but my dad encouraged me. He’s my motivator. He told me to just be myself. He’s so proud of me and it’s so gratifying to be able to make money for things that I want. Eventually I’d love to sell some of the items that I’ve made.
What does it mean to be free? Wow! It’s a blessing. I didn’t think I would ever see my family again before this.
Don’t ever give up. And I still never give up, it’s an ongoing thing. Don’t give up because the miracle will happen. I know what that means. This is a miracle sitting here talking to you.