International Women’s Day March 8 2015
On International Women’s day Saints4Sport is celebrating Collette turning her life around and we hope she can inspire other women to do so……
I had been trying to cope with ‘life in general’ having a small business, applying for a mortgage and being turned down. Living with bi-polar, physically having to deal with the tiredness, periods of exhaustion through fibromyalgia and 4 damaged discs in my back. I also used to volunteer for an elderly lady doing her gardening and she sadly passed away. That used to be ‘my therapy’ to relax.
Everything got on top of me I drank too much, smoked cannabis and I had feelings of despair , which resulted in me ending up in hospital after taking an overdose. After I left hospital I had a couple of visits from professionals, but after that no support, when I needed it.
With the support of The Society of St James, where I attended a Cannabis Support Group and Saints4Sport Project, I can proudly say on March 9th I will have been abstinent for 6 months. That’s a real achievement and thanks to Saints4Sport – it has literally been a life saver.
My life has recently gone in a new direction. The ‘old me’ has come back. My confidence is returning and I am enjoying life and have met new people. I am involved in a gardening project, which I really enjoy, I am now learning the guitar, play golf and recently completed a fishing course. I have always enjoyed fishing. Saints4Sport has given me the opportunity to do all this and get my life back again.