Hello, I’m Hannah.
I am young at heart and old in soul. To the average person, I may just look like a healthy 30-something year old woman. I have both a smile on my face and pain in my body. I am both excited and exhausted by each new day. I am both the calm and the storm, with a flash of lightning and a little rain to make the garden grow.
I’ve been dealing with medical conditions, chronic pain and medical uncertainty for several years now. I have learnt so much from doctors and people in the world who have been lighthouses for me during this time. They have shown me how to live with conditions that drastically changed my normal lifestyle and guided me to find a new way to live.
I have always been drawn to lighthouses – the history, the mystery, their meaning. They have always been a steadfast symbol for overcoming challenges and adversity, guidance and navigation, and showing the way forward out of harm’s way into safety. The lighthouse keepers are always alert and vigilant, watching the conditions and dire circumstances, guiding their light to help but have no control over the outcomes. Lighthouses are there to show the dangers that are ahead. They don’t tell ships which way to go on their journey.
This blog is to guide those that have arrived in a crisis situation, to find suggestions and skills that may make their life a little more stable and consistent, until the storm passes or until we master sailing the seas.
I’ll shine my light.
I’ll be a guide for you to find your own way to manage.
You are free to choose your own journey.
Welcome to the Lady in the Lighthouse.
Stay as long as you need to. I’ll keep the light on.
If you require assistance, please contact the following support services and helpline organisations:
Lifeline Australia – Call 13 11 14.
Beyond Blue – Call 1300 22 4636
Kids Helpline – Call 1800 55 1800.
This is a free counselling service specifically for children and young people aged 5 to 25.
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Lady In The Lighthouse is based on Ngunnawal and Walbunja land.
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