I went to school until I was 9 years old. My family then moved and my mother took my 2 younger sisters and I out of school to “home school” us. My mother had a drug problem and didn’t actually educate us, so I taught my sister and myself. This was also whilst I ran the house and looked after my sister (one of them was autistic). We would have social worker inspections every 6 months, my mother taking credit for the work. When I turned 16 I decided I wanted more so I went to college to get my GCSE’S and A levels. I did this whilst working 2 jobs and still looking after the family as I had to pay for myself to get to college and living. Ultimately I burnt myself out and didn’t complete my A levels but that’s okay. I am a grafter, so I worked hard and now I work for a large insurance company, own my own home and am marrying my partner of 9 years (will be 10 years on our wedding day). Although I didn’t become the doctor I set out to be, I proved to my educators and my mother that I could be successful despite my upbringing.
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