A DETERMINED mum who battled deafness and dyslexia during her school days has put pen to paper to write about her experiences in her first book.
Vee Extance felt inspired to start her book after becoming a community learning employment champion.
The 38-year-old, who was deaf at birth, is dyslexic and was diagnosed with non-epileptic attack disorder in 2005. .
Always told that she would never amount to anything, Vee grew up having zero self-confidence and became clinically depressed, finding it difficult to hold down a job and support herself.
But after becoming involved in the CLEC project, which supported over 2,000 individuals with learning and employment opportunities, Vee got her confidence back.
Vee, of Manvers Road, Mexborough, who juggles writing with looking after her children aged 16 and 13, said: “I thought of myself as a victim and I felt useless.
“When I heard about the CLEC project, it really struck a chord with me. Helping people get their lives back on track by getting them into work and training was a positive thing to do.
“I’ve since sign-posted 156 local people into training and employment over the last six months and got a real buzz from every single person I have helped.
“As part of my own training as a champion I met local poet, Ian Parks. For a long time I have wanted to write a book which would give to support others who have suffered abuse, but every time told myself that my dyslexia would prevent me from ever achieving that.
“At the same time, I was also attending an introduction to counselling course at Dearne Valley College. I began to receive positive feedback from my lecturers and fellow students; professional people were commenting on how well I was doing.
“My confidence soared and I got the inspiration I needed to take the plunge and write a book.”
Vee is putting the finishing touches to the book and is hoping to complete it by the end of the year.
She added: “The subject of the book is a difficult one; I refer to it as the ‘aftermath of abuse’.
“I’ve woken up and thought ‘I no longer want to be referred to as a victim’.
“It’s my personal roller coaster story that details my transformation into a survivor and I know it will inspire others who’ve suffered in the same way.”
Vee is now working as a self-employed writer and there are least another four books that she wants to write after her current project.
Her long-term goal is to establish a support group for victims of abuse so they can talk to someone who knows exactly what they’re experiencing.
She added: “I never thought I’d be in this position, I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved so far. Simply by helping and inspiring others we can all achieve what may seem like the impossible. I’m proof of that.”