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Lauren’s story

Lauren shares a moving account of what happened after she contracted meningitis and septicaemia which resulted in an amputation. She speaks about the role of her Local Area Coordinator Estelle who she was introduced to when she moved into temporary accommodation. Lauren describes Estelle as ‘a light at the end of a very long tunnel’ and talks about how they explored positive things to get involved with in the community. With Estelle alongside her, Lauren became actively involved in groups ran by local organisations where she formed helpful new connections. Lauren comments that at the time she had felt a ‘shell of herself’ but Estelle was there to support her to become her again. She goes on to say that Estelle has helped her realise that ‘being disabled is not a limitation’ and states that she is ‘a lot more determined to make more of my life as I am lucky to still have my life.’ Lauren now has ambitions to become a counsellor specialising in people who have had life-changing illnesses or injuries. Thanks to for producing the video.

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