My interest in phlebotomy was sparked when my blood was taken a few years ago. I had a big bruise on my arm and it hurt for days! A few months later I needed blood taken again. This time there was no bruise and it didn’t hurt at all. I realised there was an art to the process and I felt like it’s something I could do.
I haven’t always felt as motivated as I do right now. I struggled with depression over the last few years which led to a breakdown in several of my relationships. I didn’t manage to hold down a job and ended up living in a supported hostel. Although it hurt my pride, living in a space like this was a new start and with the support I received, things began to look up for me.
When Beam visited my hostel, I jumped at the chance to get involved! I had already been to visit my local hospital to enquire about their phlebotomy courses but I was disheartened as I couldn’t afford the course fees. This opportunity means that I can begin to think about renting my own place and getting things back on track for good.