Those who follow this blog may also read my daughters blog Juniper Baby
She posted on her blog today. It’s the first post for some time. It’s a great post. It would be fair to say I have shed a tear or three since reading it
I had wanted to post something on my blog for some time but as I know Juniper reads my blog so didn’t. I bailed out of posting anything as I didn’t want her worrying about me, when I was worrying about her!
It’s been a full on 4/5 Months
Since graduating Juniper has been trying hard for grad scheme jobs in fantastic companies. The companies vary the dates on when they open and close. She has had interviews and been rejected. Interview and assessment days …rejected. The rejections were tough to deal with.
Then the big one, the big grad scheme opened … the one she really wanted…the one she talked about maybe three years ago she applied as did 1500 others … she got a first interview..she passed that …14 days later she got invited to a long full day and into the night assessment day….she came home absolutely exhausted…. She was non-committal. No one wanted to consider that she would get it….my wife and I were worrying what would happen if she didn’t get the job . Juniper really really wanted this one above all the others. She received a call the next day and was told by the assessor she had “nailed it”. She accepted the job without even knowing what it pays!
When she rang me at work this week and told me she had the job I burst into tears. I sit in an open plan office. I don’t think my pathetic attempt to say I had something in my eye fooled anyone…that’s the problem of working with eagle eyed lawyers!
So my baby now has what she describes as her dream job in London for a global brand.
She has also met a fantastic man who she is in love with. He loves her too, He is one of the most thoughtful and caring men on the planet. I could go on about him but I won’t… suffice to say he is a good man.
I cannot describe how proud of Juniper I am. The job thing is great…she was always going to work in the industry she has secured a role in. But I am most proud of how my daughter has acted, fought, persevered, overcome struggles, helped others and developed into the beautiful fantastic, caring young woman she has become.
She says ED is quieter at the moment but not silent …she wants him out of her life by the time she is 23…that will do me.
I know many Dads and Mums read this blog. In a way I feel guilty publishing this positive blog post know so many are struggling.
This time last year we were in a pretty dark place. My Dad died and Juniper was OK but not great. Two years ago we were in an absolutely terrible place. Today as I write this, Juniper is in London with her man planning a dinner in a posh restaurant.
We as a family are in a good place. It may be we as a family are getting to the end of the struggle……I certainly hope so. I know many readers are at different stages.
I wish all of you with your own Junipers all the best with your struggles. You are not alone. There are many of us out there. If you are finding it hard…reach out and see if you can track down others who can support you, find your own Pacemakers. . Christmas is a fraught time anyway with a child suffering with ED it’s more difficult.
We are all on the cusp of a New Year. I wish you all the best for Christmas and added strength for the battles in 2015.
Keep the faith. The journey can be completed