I started off thinking I should write my bio about my professional achievements, but it seemed so contrived and not really what I wanted to tell people about at all. I maintain that my biggest and greatest achievement in life is forming and maintaining healthy relationships. I am lucky to have a small group of wonderful friends who I can always turn to in any situation and a supportive Husband who thinks I'm brilliant, even when I may not give him cause to think this way! Recently I lost one of my best friends, in still unexplained circumstances and it is this huge, horrible event that has made me want to reach out for others, dealing with a similar situation to myself. I don't pretend to have all the answers, I am finding my way through this grief as best I can. Sometimes I win, sometimes I don't. I am Annie, I am 36 years old, living and working in Suffolk and dealing with the hardest thing I have ever experienced in my life. The prologue to this story is that my life before Heidi's death was pretty standard, nothing too dramatic to report, of course I don't and wouldn't ever take this for granted. Teenage years were relatively simple and after graduating from University in 2003, I found myself "falling" into a variety of professions, usually centered around the concept of "Helping" others, sometimes in a therapeutic setting, sometimes at crisis point and more recently in preventative work. After gaining my diploma in counselling and psychotherapy I spent many years working with children and young people within the social care setting. I have since then moved onto working in a secondary school, helping children before they reach this crisis point and it has truly been one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever had.
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