Her son has learning disabilities and sleepwalks regularly. She loses a lot of sleep getting up to look after him in the night. Her life is completely wrapped around her son and everything involved in looking after him. I found it difficult to get her to think about herself and set personal goals not to do with her son. She did agree to go swimming on an afternoon when son had a carer looking after him.
While at the pool she also met a couple of women who go regularly and they swapped numbers so they can meet for a coffee. One of these women has a daughter with disabilities so they chatted a lot, this could be a valuable new connection for her. The last time when I saw her she was so proud of herself for going.
She has set a new goal to bake some bread buns, and has asked for a referral for an assessment to make sure she is on the right benefits for herself, and her own mobility, not just for her son.
"I felt like a kid again, I've not been for so long...I must have been 12 the last time I swam, I felt so happy, I wanted to do what I'd done then, so, I got out and jumped in at the deep end! I loved it! I'm going again. And, I tell you, I slept like a log that night too."