World of 30: Miek, The Netherlands

I’m Miek, I’ll soon be 31 and I’ll share with you a part of my life. Its hard. I have a hidden handicap. People always say: ‘you look so great, you ‘re so nice and so smart. You can do anything!’

I couldn’t. For a long time.

When I was young, I wanted to be a forestkeeper. I thought it would be so great to protect all animals in the forest. Being a zookeeper also interested me; the fact that I could work with wild animals every day felt exciting.

I chose to become a nurse. After four years of study, I started having back aches. They discovered I had a tumor in my pelvic bone. Surgery was up. Unfortunately, it was a mean bugger, and it took three surgeries before it was gone. I was in the sickbay for quite some time. I was unemployed for a few months and took those months to rehabilitate.

Then I started working again. Little by little. First in a company selling medical equipment, later in a daycare. I loved it, but really wanted to go back to my profession.

From bad to worse

Then, finally, I could. I found a great nursing home that suited me greatly. I was so happy. I got along great with everyone, had ideas to improve things and had a whole new view on the department. Things went great. I was finally back on track again. I worked long days and rushed from one thing to another. Keeping up my social life to full speed. Then I went on holiday a few months before my 30th birthday. I’d worked so hard to get back on track again. I was going to enjoy it to the fullest. But once again bad luck came around the corner…

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Claudia Pietryga
Claudia deed zowel een sociaal-agogische als journalistieke opleiding en is alweer bijna tien jaar freelance journalist. Ze schrijft het liefste over maatschappelijke onderwerpen en publiceerde onder meer stukken in de Flair, Hallo Jumbo, Spits, Het Parool, diverse blogs, lokale bladen en uiteenlopende (online) media voor met name ondernemers.
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