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I’m Lucy, I am 28 I was born in February 1990. I live in North Solihull.
I was a happy baby and child until I went to secondary school at the age of 11 and everything changed I became very unhappy and quite quickly. I refused to attend school some days and I felt lonely and isolated from others I used to save all my feelings and explode when I got home on the afternoon/evening. I was bullied for years at school until I left and I never have got over some of the names I was called.
I was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in 2003 when I was nearly 14 but I was 13 at the time of diagnosis.
I went to a special college in Birmingham when I was 16 and I loved it for 2 years and then I went residential and thats where all the problems started I started self-harming, not eating and I couldn’t sleep either. I have always had a problem with loud noises and it got worse in my head, I felt like I was going crazy.
After I left college I went to another college but I never completed the course I was put in hospital In 2011 and thats where I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder I was put on medication which I am still on to this day.
Since then I have gone into supported living where I have come on lots I have confidence and I feel much happier especially since I have just had 1:1 support with no other clients which I did live with clients when I first came to supported living.
I volunteer now and I have stuck at volunteering the past 2 years. I am attending college to get some qualifications this year I am doing English level 1 – so if I do want a paid job in the future I have a possibility of getting one.