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SUMMER WHITTAKER


'When you can tell your story and it doesn't make you cry, you know you are healing.'

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IN THE MEDIA'S EYES.

Being approached by the media isn't something to desire, in fact, it's overwhelming at times, as some journalists seem to only appreciate your story and put your wellbeing behind them. There have been some instances that have been completely disrespectful, but others I am more than grateful for.


It's quite crazy to think that our journey is something which people are wanting to write about. They see it as dollar signs, whereas I see it as my day to day life, but some completely understand us as people, rather than a story. These are the people we want to work with.

We have appeared in a woman's magazine, local and national newspapers, but it's what we're currently doing which is exciting for me.


BBC3 are creating a documentary featuring young people with disabilities, and showing the change in their lives. How it affects them, their families and their loved ones. They are following the lives of four people for a matter of months, to show if there are any changes, or if their lives have now become a routine. They have followed Jacob from the hospital, walking to the ambulance and watched him come home after 699 days.

I was lucky enough to be asked to be a part of this, so my bedroom got transformed with camera equipment, and we began. Questions were asked about our journey, how we've changed as people, where we see ourselves in the future and how my life has changed because of this situation.

We had the chance to speak to a camera, rather than having our story read back to us, which is something we haven't been able to do yet. It felt incredible, knowing a small amount of people out there will completely understand you.


Granada Reports have also contacted Jacob to do a small feature after they had read about us in the newspaper. Yet again, I am hoping for the same intentions. Us sharing what we wish, rather than getting our tone of voice and communications manipulated slightly to fit the theme of the magazine.

And to top it all off, an agency has contacted us to share our experiences and help us to raise awareness through magazine features, newspapers and all with a possible chance of more TV appearances.

I am well aware that through all of this we may be judged, but our intentions are focusing back to the core of this journey.

I am excited to make others aware, help them understand the lives of the young disabled, allow others to understand the hardships and complications we live with each day, because all I want from this, is a positive outlook.

We are blessed for these opportunities and the opportunities to come, and for each one we feel more positive, knowing we can achieve of goal of helping at least one person.
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