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"The journey of recovery"

About: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services and programs - FNQ Cairns Hospital Shanty Creek Residential Rehabilitation Facility

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

A month before I arrived at Shanty Creek I was hospitalised for three weeks. I don't remember going in to Hospital or the first week there. I wouldn't have been able to do any of it without my mum helping me. My brain was going funny. I was getting confused even when I hadn't been drinking. I could barely walk, wash myself, or do anything by myself, During my detox I had jaundice and was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. That was really scary and completely floored me, I was emotional and confused it felt surreal, whirlwind of doctors, specialists and that's where I met Kirsty from Lives Lived Well, and Rhonda from ATODS. Both really helped me while at the hospital, working out how to get me into a rehab. They were both a really big help to me by always being there and explaining everything gently and calmly in a really difficult time of being physically and emotionally vulnerable. Shortly after leaving Hospital I was helped by Kirsty to get up to Shanty Creek. 

Moving into Shanty Creek was quite overwhelming, I felt really fragile and was unsure of everything, my anxiety was at an all time high. Going into a new place, in one of the most difficult times I've had, without having mum for support was really difficult. 



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Response from Gerard Moloney, Lives Lived Well 3 years ago
Gerard Moloney
Lives Lived Well
Submitted on 2/05/2019 at 10:26 AM
Published on Care Opinion at 11:07 AM

Hello caringjn77

Thank you for your story.

I can only imagine the sense of overwhelm, fragility and anxiety you felt in making the decision and then taking the steps to move into Shanty Creek. That is a very courageous step and to do this without the support of you Mum who had been with you in the previous weeks of your hospitalisation.

I am sure there has been some further steps in your story otherwise you would not be telling us your story on Care Opinion.

I am glad you found help in the hospital and that you had great support from Kirsty from Lives Lived Well and others. Your hospital experience would have been scary and turned your world upside down, and your diagnosis would have been such a challenge to take in.

I wish you all the best for the next steps in your life and remember the staff at Lives Lived Well are ready to support you in whatever ways they can.

Warm regards


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