Thursday, May 2, 2013

Day 1: The story of my life

Day 1, Wednesday: The story of your life in 250 words or less (or one paragraph... no one will be counting your words... probably)

I was born in NYC to Australian parents but I'm a True Blue Aussie. Moving to Sydney at two, six months later my sister and best friend was born. I grew up in Newtown in Sydney’s Inner West. My big brother and SIL lived up the street in a house that has been in my family for four generations.

At 15 I moved to Melbourne, attending boarding school until my family followed a year later. We lived by the MCG until mum and my sister decided they'd had enough and headed back north. After leaving school I worked as a secretary in the CBD until dad and I also returned to the Harbour City.

I continued to hold down great office jobs while courting my two new best friends: Drugs and alcohol. My parents kicked me out. 18 months later I attempted to escape addiction by moving back to Melbourne with my first love. Drugs were replaced with food and depression and when it all went sour I moved back to Sydney.

Three years, more depression, drugs and alcohol with another good office job until I ran away again, this time to London. But there was never any escaping myself.

Work, party, travel. Repeat. Until CRASH, it all came tumbling down.

Rock Bottom. Back in Sydney. Rehab. Depression, PTSD, anxiety, polysubstance abuse. Hell. Three long hospital admissions. Pregnant. Hope. My boy was born.

Slowly, surely new life. Both Noo’s and mine.


Amazing. 241 words! Can you write your life story in 250 words or less?

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bachelormum said...

Nice Vanessa. You put yrself through hell and a came out. As I've said before, you are a strong vibrant woman, and a credit to Ned x

Grace said...

Your story never ceases to amaze me, V x

Deborah Cook said...

Wow, given the challenging life you've had you did really well to capture it in so few words! said...

Thanks Kim. V. said...

Thank you Grace. It was a challenge to fit it into 250 words. V. said...

It was actually a really fun exercise. 250 words is nothing! I can't believe I managed to get just under. V.

Trish said...

You are a very resilient woman and those challenges would test the human spirit beyond rock bottom. Well done for what you achieved and for under 250 words. I couldn't .

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