Lizzie, The strange thing is that there are certain things I can't do and one of them is,to feel proud. The other thing is hug someone. I learned to keep my distance from adults from early on in both St. Patrick's and Artane.
For most of my life I've never looked back and lived in denial. In an odd way they did me a favour calling me Charlie only for me to learn on my day of release that my correct first name was in fact Patrick.. For me, it was a strange new world and Charlie remained locked behind the gates of Artane. Over the years I've never made friends as I feared letting slip my lack of knowledge of social behaviour.There are hundreds of questions I'll never know the answers to. The questions begin with: "What's it like?" What's it like to grow up in a family? What's it like to live in a place you call home, with your own bed room and parents? What's it like to celebrate birthdays? There is little point in attempting to explain the effects of a life spent locked away from from the outside world from the age of two to sixteen. I've never accepted boundaries and still don't, I live life my way. I'm pleased to say I've had a complete month of recovery at long last from my cancer. Best of all I'm back doing my morning runs around a course that usually takes half an hour, I've got it down to 29 minuets. Life is for living to the full.
It is a fact that information can only be had by having a commputer. Meetings in London could be put on social media. That way we could feel part of things. In other countrys its complicated. Enjoy your birthday treat yourself to Something nice.
Hello Patrick heard you were going through a tough time right now and just to let you know I am thinking of you and hope you get through this and come out the other side. I have read your some of your comments and feel you are a very strong person. Sending love and hugs to you and your family. XXX
Hi Rob, It's been a while, medical problems etc. I have read Patrick's blog and my heart goes out to him, a fantastic person who has been tested to the core. I am turned 80 and have escaped most of what Patrick has gone through, God love him. and as Jimmy Moy would say, whose e-mails I very much miss, Stay strong Patrick. I only had a heart attack and enlarged prostate to contend with and when I read Patricks account I say, there but for the grace of God, go I. My prayers and thoughts are with you Patrick. Seanie. tried to post on shame of Ireland but failed.