Growing up as a teenager, I was faced with quite a difficult home life
My older brother had always had behavioural problems and at 16 he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and early osteoporosis. Around this time he became extremely violent and would attack my sisters and I as well as my parents. This lasted from when I was 10 until I escaped to university. We would constantly have police visits and ambulances arriving late at night and i would have to go to school the next day as if nothing had happened. My parents were always very stressed and I was so angry and upset with them. Since i escaped things have been much better, I don't have a relationship with my brother but I've forgiven my parents. I can see that they were victims without any external support. I think my experiences have made me a more sensitive and understanding person and it has motivated me to help others in difficult circumstances.