I have never enjoyed going away from home on vacation or even leaving my house. Our family booked a cruise to Bermuda when I was 14, I am now 16. Everyday I dreaded the thought of going on a ship, never mind going away for a week.
Basically I sat with the adults the whole cruise not talking much to anyone. It was as bad as I thought it was going to be. Everyone around me was having a great time.
My mother, father, sister, uncle and grandmother were constantly asking me to do things with them like para sail and go swimming. It’s not that I didn’t want to do those things, I just couldn’t. I have tourettes syndrome that was diagnosed when I was 12.
It is a mild form physically but mentally it impairs me from being social. So the family vacation only made it that much worse for me. My mother could see what was happening but only I could seek help.After we returned home from Bermuda I was re leaved to be home but saddened at all I missed out on.
I finally accepted that I needed medical treatment to help me live life. Last year when I was 16 we again went on a cruise to Bermuda because my sister was dancing on the ship. I was a little afraid of going but with excited.
This time around I danced, went para sailing, swimming, jet skiing and even did karaoke. So especially for me this was a vacation of a lifetime as I was able to be myself and feel comfortable in my own skin.
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