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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