It was early in my recovery when I showed up to my first Reclink Australia bootcamp. My doctor was wary about me doing so much exercise, but he is really happy with my progress. They say they’re really proud I’m happier in myself most of the time.
When I showed up, I thought I wouldn't be accepted. Straight away I was included in everything – “give it a go!” the instructor told me and he learnt my name straight away. I’m pretty isolated socially. I’m used to being on my own.
The bootcamp is fun. It makes me happy and I’m not judged. I’m happy to be who I am on any given day.
I used to be homeless. It was hard. It’s like flying under the radar. People don’t notice you. They don’t like what they see. But it’s not happening to me now.
The bootcamp is the most important thing in my week because every week everybody is happy to see me. They don’t like seeing me getting unwell and Stephen Howald, the bootcamp leader, asked me if I would like a visitor in hospital.
Recently, I had a problem at placement. The people at the Reclink bootcamp supported me.
I do have supporters, I was a State Ward but I’m reconnecting with my family. My Dad wasn’t good.
The physical experience i get through Reclink boosts my mood. It keeps me even.
Being able to trust a male trainer – I feel safe. I have people who back me up. One guy said something about my weight and two guys stuck up for me. I didn’t feel like someone would stick up for me.
The environment is tight, I like it. Narelle and I did the City to Surf. I have never run that far before. My knee was sore.
Counselling is good. I’ve found the right person. She’s consistent. She keeps drilling in the same messages. A lot of people don’t want to deal with people with complex issues but with the support of Reclink I feel I can get better.