After a month without leave, I was finally allowed out on my own to the local shop. It feels really good as I was stuck inside and restricted for so long . I also had further good news as I have been accepted at a supported accommodation in Oldham, my home town.
I have been active on the ward with the newsletter and helping out with other projects. I started cooking again on the Wednesday Halaal group cook and normally prepare a hot curry, which some of the other resident like too. I usually cook chicken or lamb curries Bangladeshi style.
I am really happy about going back to Oldham because I will be near to my family. My close relatives are very important to me as they have supported me through very difficult times, visiting me in hospital and supporting me emotionally and financially.
“I don’t know why it came back low but I will honestly affirm that I have not spat tablets out. Ever.”
Bangladeshis have very close knit families as they are the closest people to you in the world. It is an unbreakable bond.
I have a lot of fond memories from my childhood throughout which I used to read avidly and play football with my brothers. Being from a big family with siblings with different temperaments was memorable as we would argue and fight though mostly we would get along.
My blog is doing well as a lot of people want to share their stories about themselves and people close to them who suffer with mental health issues. My objective is to tell my story so others are empowered to share theirs. I hate the stigma around mental health issues and want to fight it post by post.
I have also been writing for a few different publications voluntarily, including for the Asian Image and the Asian Leader newspapers. I recently wrote an article about Palestine, a subject which is very important to me. There were a lot of comments by people with different perspectives. The experience is great for me to improve my writing and researching skills.
I am in contact with a professor who checked my article for any inaccuracies. He didn’t find any mistakes and complimented my piece.
The situation in Palestine is a devastating catastrophe. It is under occupation and is regularly bombed and invaded . The Gaza strip is referred to as an open air prison.
One more thing I want to add is that I have been accused of secreting my tablets as my medicine levels came back low. I don’t know why it came back low but I will honestly affirm that I have not spat tablets out. Ever. It seems to me if you are mentally unwell your word is not enough. I am not happy. I will agree that I have been nauseous after taking tablets and have been sick a few times, perhaps the tablets came out, I don’t know.
As a Muslim I am not allowed to lie, so to be indirectly accused is an affront to my faith.