Lisa’s living her life her way, and making many of her own decisions, with a little support here and there from her family and friends
Hello, my name is Lisa and I work at FSG’s Café in Southport. This is my story…
I was born in Toowoomba, but my Mum and Pop and I travelled around Queensland a lot while I was growing up. I developed Cerebral Palsy and had a wheelchair until I learned to walk when I was 8 years old.
I liked school but because I was different, the other children often stared at me or said mean things. Nobody asked “what’s wrong”, or “why are you like that?” and I felt very left out. Mum said “not to worry” because “good things come in small packages!”
When I went to High School I was completely alone without my sister who is a year younger than me. I was picked on a lot that year, but my friend Savannah helped me through it. She wasn’t afraid to ask me “what’s wrong?”
I left school in Grade 11 because I found it hard to keep up in class. I washed puppies as a job but found it hard to keep up during busy times. From there I helped out in coffee shops, cleaning up, refilling the containers, and helping out here and there.
Some bosses were friendly and kind and willing to help me fit in, and others were the opposite! They didn’t understand me or know how to get the best out of me, so I changed jobs a lot until I was put in touch with FSG 3 years ago.
I’m more confident now and like to get my hands dirty, making cakes and sandwiches at my own pace. I finished my Certificate II in Hospitality this year and needed help with the writing. They didn’t make it easy! I was very proud on graduation day, as was my Mum.
I make many of my own decisions in life, and enjoy spending time with my God Son, who’s about to start High School. I wish my Pop could see how far I’ve come. He died a few years ago, and I’m saving up to travel to Tasmania to be closer to his family.