This is me. My name is Rebecca and I’m 19 years old. I’m from Rotherham. This is my story. This may take a while to write but oh well.
I was born on 18th June 1996. I was a healthy and happy baby. I’m the oldest child and I have 2 younger brothers, 2 half brothers and a half sister. I did well at school and I’m hoping to go to uni soon so I can become an occupational therapist. I have amazing parents and amazing friends so you’re probably wondering what went wrong.
And to be honest, I don’t know the answer. Maybe things didn’t go ‘wrong’ as such but I’ve always been different.
I was adopted when I was 6 and I didn’t have contact with my brothers for 12 years. I’ve never met my half siblings and I’ve never met my birth father and only recently met my birth mum. Things weren’t great at home and I’m not sure of what really happened, and I’m not sure if I really want to know. I have a few memories but all of them are vague.
I couldn’t have wished for better adopted parents. They have stuck by me through everything. I’ve been brought up as an only child but now my brothers are back in my life. It’s great – I get to live on my own and not have to share a room or a house with them but I get to see them when I want even though they live miles away down south.
School didn’t go great. I got bullied from the ages of 7 till 16. I’d opened up about being adopted to the other pupils and this made me different. I am proud to be adopted and I hope no-one else experiences this. The bullying got worse at secondary school and that’s when I think my problems really began.
I don’t want to go into detail about my difficulties as it may trigger some people.
Basically my mental health started to deteriorate from the age of 15 and I was diagnosed with Anorexia at the age of 16. I got admitted to a psychiatric ward in March 2013 and became an outpatient in September the same year. I then got admitted again in December because of suicide attempts and self harm. I then got diagnosed with attachment disorder and my anorexia had developed into bulimia. In February 2014 I got diagnosed with emotionally unstable personality disorder. (which is very similar to borderline personality disorder) I am still in hospital but I should be moving to supported living very soon.
Funding has been accepted for moving to supported living!