The Beginning

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
The ups and downs of a 14 year old's life.

Submitted: August 24, 2013

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Submitted: August 24, 2013



I suppose the question is, where to start? My life is a roller coaster, it has its up and downs and is wild! Nothing ever goes to plan and there's always something going on. I've been through so many things in my short 14 years of life. From Holidays to complicated families, I've been through it all. However, ask me something about the latest gossip and I'll have no idea what you're on about. If it doesn't involve me or my family, I have no clue what's going on. This is my story, and I'm willing to share it with you all.

3 years old, too young to understand what was going on. I'd already been through so much in my short life. They fought a lot, that's all I know. We didn't see him too often, only a few times a month, not even that. He wasn't nice. He hurt our Mother, but I didn't understand why. He got angry a lot, blamed her for not seeing us much. She just tried to protect my twin and I. We didn't know what was happening, we were just being pulled through a complicated family life. He'd hurt her and us, maybe not physically but emotionally. It didn't take long before she left him. He'd been forced away for good. Mother said she gave him chances, a lot of chances, but in the end, he said it was for the best. What child wants to be around an alcoholic and abusive man? I don't blame her for leaving, I'm glad she did so. What a life I would've had if we'd stayed. She did the right thing, she left the monster. For that I am thankful. Also at the age of 3, I was diagnosed with Psoriasis. It's a skin condition which apparently effects 4% of the population. It comes in many different forms, some not noticeable to the eye, others very noticeable. I happened to get a bad case of it. At 3 they couldn't give me antibiotics such as tablets to take, so I was left having creams put on me a few times a week. They were disgusting. I was too young to understand, but the nurses loved having such a young girl there, they cherished me and gave me lots of food. I use to love going there.

6 years old. She loved us, she loved us all so dearly. When the world was dark she shone so brightly. Her love conquered everything. Never once did she judge any of us. She was an angel who saw the good in everyone. My Nan died when I was only 6. She was the angel in my dreams. I know now that she's looking over me, and that's a nice thought knowing someones up there guiding you through life. My Nan always thanked my Mother for raising such good children. My twin, Mason, and I use to visit her every Thursday and have dinner down hers. I remember sitting at her table eating beans on toast, acting like the perfect children. She'd give us icecreams and goodie bags filled with sweets and chocolate. It was heaven going down there. However, just like everything in this world, good things always come to an end. I think she was 81 when she passed, I remember seeing her lying on her death bed. Mother didn't let us stay in there for long because we were only 6. She told us she loved us and kissed us goodbye. I didn't understand what was going on, I assumed I'd see her again. I never did. It was a Wednesday when Mother broke the news to us, she'd kept it a secret for a day or two. I can still see myself sitting down the side of the bed crying to myself. I kept asking why she'd gone, I didn't understand why she had to leave. Now I know why, but at the time I thought she hated us. My Nan was a lovely woman, and I cherish the memories I had with her. She's my star in the night sky.

7 Years old. My Mother met a man named Aaron when I was 3. They'd known each other since school but had never really seen one another since they were a lot younger. Aaron was amazing. He didn't have children of his own, and had only been married once before. Aaron had said he didn't want children, but my Mother already had 4. Over time, Aaron fell in love with our family and accepted us all. We too accepted him. It wasn't long before we started calling him Dad. He was our Dad, he'd been with us since we were 3. He was the only father figure we'd ever known and we'd learnt to accept him. He taught us how to ride a bike, he showed us love and cared for us even though we weren't his own. He was always there. Aaron did everything a Dad did, and although he wasn't our biological Father, he was still our Dad. When I hit 7, My Mother married Aaron. They had their wedding in Cyprus. It was perfect and everything you could ever want in a wedding. Right there and then I knew this was my family, my proper one.

8 Years old. Mum had picked Mason and me up from school to go into town. We had been looking for school trousers for Mason since he constantly ripped them whilst playing football in the school yard. We were just crossing the road when we saw him. I didn't know who it was since I hadn't seen him since I was 3. Mum knew straight away who it was, but by then it was too late, he'd already seen her. It didn't take long for him to march over and begin to talk. He asked how my Mum was, then looked at my brother and I. He asked us if we knew who he was, I thought maybe he was a family friend. I shook my head, afraid to speak. Just like Star Wars he said 'I am your father'. I'd never felt so sick and scared in my life. It was horrible. A man you barely know claiming to be your Father when you already have one. I didn't want to know him, I never had wanted to know him since he'd gone out of my life when I was 3. All he is to me now is a man called Steve. I have a Dad called Aaron at home, and he IS my Father, not this poor excuse of a man. Steve didn't talk much more because my Mother hurried off with us. I didn't see him again for a few more years.

11 Year old. I became Head Girl in my Junior school. I'd never felt so happy! Out of everyone they could have chosen, they chose me. I also happened to become Head Teacher for a day after winning a campaign we had held at school for a little fun. I was allowed to change the school schedule for a day and talk in assembly. I felt on top of the world, like I was an actual teacher. Not much happened in my life at 11. I know that it was around 11-12 years old that I started taking antibiotics for my Psoriasis. It started with 1 tablet a day which was horrible. I hated taking capsules. I could never swallow them for some reason. I saw my Dermatologist many times a year, and they use to prescribe different tablets to me all the time. I re-started light treatment which basically meant I went into this light machine which had helped me when I was younger. However, because I was older, it did nothing to help the Psoriasis. Fighting this skin condition was a never ending battle.

12 Years old. By now I'd started Comprehensive school. I was always excited thinking about how this school would be like. Turns out, it wasn't as good as I imagined. I turned unbelievably shy and gave up in any school events. I hated talking to teachers and making new friends. I got bullied by a group of boys and turned depressed. I had slightly ginger hair at the time and got abuse for that, but I lived through it. Life wasn't easy since everyone judges you at that age, but I lived through it.

14 Years old. I now am 14, and life's going okay. However, I now take huge amounts of antibiotics a day due to my Psoriasis which has gotten quite bad. I was taking medication for my Psoriasis which made me get bad Acne on my back, face and chest. You get rid of one thing and gain another. So now I'm stuck taking antibiotics for Psoriasis and Acne. I have gels to add onto my dry skin to help and have to go see my Dermatologist every 6 weeks. I have bloods taken every 12 weeks just to make sure the Medication isn't having a bad effect on me. It's very hard being a 14 year old feeling like a drug addict, but it helps me out, so I'm thankful for that. I take 2 tablets per day for Acne, 4 extra ones on Fridays for Psoriasis and 1 extra one on Saturday and Sunday which is Folic Acid. Apart from taking multiple tablets, I don't really do much. I get bad side effects from my Medication such as dry lips, dry skin, headaches, depression, aching muscles and joints, prone to sunlight and a lot more but that doesn't stop me doing things. I go out with my friends occasionally and go out on my penny board which I love. Sometimes I go out with my friends and meet some other people. It's great now because I actually have friends and a good life. The only downside is that I lost my best friend due to arguments. Her name was Poppy and she could have been my twin. We were inseparable. Poppy and I did everything together, we were like two peas in a pod. But things happened, and we ended up arguing. Poppy moved schools shortly after and we barely spoke again. I felt like I'd lost a part of me. Since Poppy went, I made friends with Cooper, Tarren, Joe and a few more people. They live near me which is great and they make me come out with them so I'm not stuck inside all day. When I'm stuck inside, I tend to feel miserable and depressed.

Going into Year 10. I am about to go into year 10. There's 1 week left of the Summer Holidays and I'm all ready for the new year. This year is very important. I've chosen the subjects I wish to take for GCSE's. Luckily enough, none of my friends chose any of these subjects which means I'll be alone and can get all my work done. I aim to get good grades so I can get a good career. The subjects I've taken are, History, Religious Studies, Business Studies, Short Course Welsh and Long Course French. I adore all of those subjects apart from Welsh. I had to take it because it's mandatory. I can't wait to get straight into learning. I'm ready for whatever this year throws at me.

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