Nelly’s Story – Valuing Her Independence

I live independently on my own in a unit in Busselton and have done for a number of years. I am a happy and friendly person and enjoy the company of others. I have built strong connections with my neighbours.

I moved to Australia from Holland when I was two years old. I lived in Jarrahwood as a child, before my family moved to Busselton in the late 1970s. My dad died in 1984 and my mum in 1992. I lived with and cared for my mum for a while, before she went to live in a nursing home in Perth.

I have a strong team of support workers who help me to hold my vision of maintaining my independence and doing the things that make me feel happy.

I absolutely love the beach as I find it very peaceful and calming. I am determined to get my strength and mobility to a place where I can walk along the sand and into the shallows of the ocean.

I am very independent and determined.

I am a good cook and enjoy entertaining guests.

I love swimming!!! I am very spiritual and am interested in spiritual subjects. In the past I studied reiki and liked to help people with healing and spiritual support.

I do enjoy my own company and like reading books, watching TV and playing games on my tablet. I love Andre Rieu and try to see him in concert whenever he comes to Perth. I enjoy going to the movies and long drives.

Last year I started doing Diamond Dotting. I create beautiful pictures that I like to give to people as gifts.

I am learning to advocate for myself and ask for what I want and need. I started accessing therapy supports in 2017 and have benefited from the input from OT and Physiotherapists.

I have three brothers who keep in contact with me and my support workers help me to have contact with them. We travelled to Canberra in 2019 to visit one of them.