Hello there. It’s been a while since I blogged. I’ve been waiting until I could post something that would help readers to get to know me better. I am hopeless at technology, so I couldn’t do a video and post it myself. I absolutely don’t know how to do it, and if I tried, it would probably look really unprofessional.
In March of this year, I had the chance to make a podcast. I was interviewed by my wonderful friend and my mentor in the world of storytelling, Sharon Richards. In the podcast, she interviewed me about how I got into storytelling, and we also touched on my health issues, especially Prosopagnosia. I have blogged about Prosopagnosia before, on here, to raise awareness of the condition, since it is still not widely known about, even in medical circles. You can read my earlier blogs in order to find out more, but briefly, it’s the inability to recognize faces. People can go their whole lives, trying to recognize people, even their friends and family, by their hairstyles, glasses, body-build, voice, or something else, like a mole or some other unique thing, because they can’t recognize them by their faces. It was the same for me, and I thought I was the only one with a problem. Then I learned that the condition has a name, so I try now to spread the word, so people don’t have to go through their lives not knowing that they do have a real medical condition called Prosopagnosia.
The reason I wanted to be able to post something which, at least, lets you hear my voice, is that I wan’t to become a professional storyteller and singer.
If you have read my earlier blogs you will know that I was kicked of benefits by the cruel and inhuman medical assessment system. I get nothing at all now, so need to find something that will give me, even a small income. I cannot get my pension until I am 66 years old, so that is just over two years from now. I would also, love to be able to have money that I earned myself. There is nothing like having some money in your hand that you went out and earned, so I am trying to get myself some professional work, now that I have some proof of what I can do, so if people hire me, they know I can actually deliver a good story. I have already performed two professional gigs, and I enjoyed them very much. If I could continue with this small career, I would never need to worry about the benefit system again. I would be self employed.
The medical assessments that determine who gets benefits, are beyond wicked! My husband had to go for one recently. You never saw such a fiasco. They had called him up, to tell him go on a certain day at 2pm, then when we got there, they told us we might not be seen that day, as they were running very late. they said they had called us to tell us not to come, but if they did call on the landline, they must have called after 1pm, because we were in the taxi then. Other people came in for their appointments and were told the same thing. they should reschedule their appointment for another day, as they were not guaranteed to be seen. My husband and I opted to stay, and were eventually seen, but it all added to the stress of the occasion. I think this is a disgrace. It is bad enough having to go for these assessments, which are unbelievably harsh and no one usually passes first time, without them saying you have to go away and come back another day.
If this was a one-off, I would say that it was just bad luck to go on a day when they were short-staffed, but the same thing happened when I went for my assessment last year. They phoned me when I was already in the taxi. They asked if I would turn around and go home, but I was nearly there! Because I was already near the building they said I could come, but I’d have to wait a long time. I waited, had my assessment, and lost, because I can take a mobile phone out of my bag, and raise my arms above my head. Really serious conditions, including mental health issues, were completely ignored and I couldn’t face an appeal, because if you go to an appeal, you are treated like a criminal, although you have done nothing wrong.
So I am trying to find a bit of a career doing something that comes easy to me, because I can’t do a physical job. Performance always has come easy to me. I just seem to be able to do it. If you want to hear my podcast, I’ve posted the link to it. There are also other podcasts, by other members of The Success Stories club, on the page, so enjoy.
I will post again soon