As we talked on the walk over to the @IWKHealthCentre I told her about when I was 14 I ran away from home. When I was brought back by the Police, my parents took me to the IWK.
Our family was +
We spent the day at the @IWKHealthCentre. I remember it being a lot of waiting. Answering a lot of questions.
While there I told the person who was doing the intake that I was a danger to myself & my family.
My mother cried a lot.
We were sent away and
I've hated the IWK my entire life. It's a bad memory. So going there the same week I turned 50 was a bit of a reclamation for me.
The @nsgov was making an announcement of a pilot project
$800,0000 for Brief Intensive Outreach Service (BIOS)
They'll hire 8 autism specialists to support children & families. They'll meet them in their communities to help cope with serious behavioural issues.
Talk about a full circle moment. I sat in that +
When Cynthia got up to speak on behalf of @autismns, she shared my story.
Now I was part of the press conference instead of just an observer. What a moment.
Over the next hour I was interviewed +
One of the most impactful was with the new director of the IWK.
She told me that she was sorry that happened to me and my family.
I got an apology. She had nothing to do with it back then +
It's quite something to stand in front of media and tell some of the most painful parts of your past. You feel very exposed.
But I also feel like this is another step in me taking my +