Life changes are inevitable. Whether it’s a job, the beginning or ending of a relationship, starting a family, or experiencing a loss, transitions are part of the human experience. Transitions can be predictable or unpredictable, and unpredictable change is where “Camille” found herself one year ago.
“Camille” grew up in a home with two younger sisters, her mom, and her step-dad. The family dynamic had is good and its bad times, as all families tend to have, but when “Camille” was 16 years old her mom left. That shook the family and left a lot of burden on “Camille’s” shoulders to help care for her younger sisters. “Camille’s” step-dad was active within the home and did his best to raise the girls, but suffering from his own mental illness, there were times he relied on “Camille” to pick up where he wasn’t able.
The transition from being a sibling to balancing the emotions of showing sibling love and the love of a caregiver was not easy, but brought the family closer together. Years later, roles were reversed for “Camille” when she realized the relationship with her boyfriend and father of their 7 year old daughter had become toxic and was not healthy for her to raise her daughter in. Not only did the relationship end, “Camille” started suffering from seizures that her and her doctors were not able to get controlled. Health issues took away “Camille’s” ability to work, bills were not getting paid, and shut-off and eviction notices were coming in the mail. “Camille” and her daughter soon moved in with her step-dad, and “Camille’s” sisters helped care for her daughter.
Reaching out to organizations in the Mankato area for guidance, “Camille” was referred to Life-Work Planning Center by a staff member at The Reach. Soon “Camille” found herself meeting with a Self-Sufficiency Counselor at Life-Work Planning Center. The two chatted, established goals, and “Camille” joined the weekly workshop series discussing Confidence, Stress Management, Assertive Communication, Boundaries, Decision Making, and Goal Setting. The workshop sessions gave “Camille” the “support and accountability” she needed to stay strong and on track in the new transition towards a healthier life for her and her daughter.
When asked what was most helpful to her on the transition journey with Life-Work Planning Center, “Camille” answered, “support and knowing there was someone always on your side, cheering you on to become a better you.” “Camille” went on to say that she would “always leave the groups happy and more motivated to work towards the improvements needed.”
Now, 6 months later, “Camille” is still journeying through her transition, and with a support team of the Self-Sufficiency Counselor and her family giving her the confidence and self-esteem she needs, she (with the help of her doctors) is now getting the seizures under control with limiting stress, working full-time, and has applied to return to school to finish her bachelor’s degree.
Transitions are inevitable. No matter who you are, where you live, or what you have going on in your life, transition, good or unfavorable, are waiting around the corner to greet you. If you find yourself going through a transition and need extra support on your side, “Camille” would “highly recommend working with Life-Work Planning Center.”
**Name has been changed to protect the identity of the subject of this story.**