I start my assignment tommorrow at the UK Down Syndrome Association. Suprisingly, I feel more anxious that I thought I would. I don’t really know what to expect and if I will fit in with the team. I hope they don’t view me as “the new bod from that corporate company”. It’s key that I get to know the organisation really well and that they all feel comfortable with me..fingers toes and everyting crossed.
In readiness I went on their website and clicked on a video clip of a mother whose first child (now pregnant with her third) had Down’s Syndorme. She told her story and how she was totally unaware that the baby had Down’s at birth. As she talked about her goal to raise awaresness fo the condition and remove stereotyping, she talked about how her son was now a famouse clothes model for M&S. Her words were very moving and I found myself crying. Oh dear not a good start for me . Not sure why it made me feel emotional. May be the maternal instinct? I am going to have to toughen up as I will be meeting parents and children with Down’s on a daily basis!
Anyway tomorrow is the day..feels like the first day at school I am starting 9 am sharp which is a lot later than my GSK start time as I am normally in the office at 7.30 ! I will write after a couple of weeks and let you know how it went.