Independent Age Audrey’s Journey From Lonely To Happy The Wish That Came True
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[Independent Age Audrey’s Journey From Lonely To Happy The Wish That Came True]
[Audrey (70 years old):]
I’m Audrey. I’m 70 years old. The worst for lonely people is, you think of your past…
I’ve been there for all of them. Who’s there for me?
Weeks and days could go by, and I wouldn’t see anybody. Especially in the winter. It was only me and the dogs. If I had one wish, in anything in the world, that’s what I would want. Just to have friends.
Looking back, I think we only had 10 years of really good marriage, and then it started falling downhill with accidents and that. Me son got in a tragic motorbike accident. He had to learn to walk and talk again.
When you’ve been a carer, you drop off the end of the world. Y’know? You have to give up your life, y’know everything, to support your family. But when all that falls apart, and then each one’s gone, it gets very difficult, you know? And then when you’re finally on your own, you realise, this is it…
Loneliness to me is long days, long dark nights, wanting to speak to people, but they’re in a hurry, that’s their life today. Y’know, you’re just an old woman wasting their time. That’s what it is. Y’know, and Christmas time, they all celebrating and lovely, and it’s not so good for you.
And you put the Christmas lights up reluctantly, then over the years, you stop.
You say, why bother? What’s the use of it? Y’know, and then you just start sinking further down and further down. Well if this is the way it is, I don’t really want to be like this. I don’t want to be part of it. And if it wasn’t for me dogs, I don’t think I could’ve come through it, to be honest. And then Sue came into me life. And she made us realise, y’know, you’ve got to get back out there. Sue came in one day with a little advert in The Echo.
And she said, “there’s a coffee morning going on, it’s a tea, morning tea for Independent Age,” They were raising the money for Independent Age. “you want to go along…” And I got off the bus, and I thought ‘I can’t, I’m going back for the next bus, I can not do it. It’s no good.’
Anyway, I thought, ‘I’ll do it for Sue, yes, I promised her’. And that was the start. Through the coffee morning. Y’know, that’s what happiness to me was. For the first time in twenty years, I actually laughed. I had a smile! And I thought, ‘I’ve never done this’ y’know, for a few year. And I thought, this is brilliant. Maybe my wish is coming true…
Independent Age volunteers like Sue visit people at home or call them on the phone.
It’s about having someone to talk to who will spend quality time with you.
Sometimes that’s enough to restore your confidence and independence.
Sue kept visiting until she was no longer needed. Audrey is now a busy member of her community.
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