Another reader interview, this time Facebook friend Jennifer.
Thanks for being interviewed, Jennifer. OK what would you like to say about yourself? What’s the most important thing about you?
Being ill ! I have ME and other problems, so I read, watch TV and am in a writing group run by the WEA, cannot use left hand so I don’t find typing easy.
Since 1994 when diagnosed but for long time before that I got critical. Then I got the diagnosis. I did a degree (HND) and a Teaching Certificate during that time!
I’m often really impressed by what people manage to do with ME and what people without ME can’t manage!
Well I could not work so fitted in part-time courses and volunteer work when well enough. I did a Counselling Certificate through work at the Women’s Centre ,etc.
I think it’s very inspiring when people manage to overcome obstacles in life. Without wishing to sound corny, have you any wisdom you would like to pass on?
I have a Mum, two sons and a sister. My sons are now aged 35 and 42 and my Mum is 82. My sister is 58, four years younger than me. We did have a middle sister but she died 22 years ago of breast cancer. My sons both live nearby and my Mum is a bus-ride away. None of us has a car although the youngest son has a girlfriend with a car. My sister lives in Hastings; she took early retirement with her husband. I was divorced a long time ago and have been on my own for the last 12 years.
My Dad died at the age of 97, divorced from Mum.
Life can be hard on your own, I know. You mention beauty in nature: do you get out into the countryside much?
I live on a terrace set away from the road in a small Yorkshire Dales town. There’s no traffic as it’s a quiet private road with views of trees and hills all round. In good weather I am always out and about, drawing and painting landscapes. Oh, and portraits.
And here is a link to one of Jennifer’s portraits: