After reading my blog, the staff at Voyce asked me to write essays for them. They wanted to know what my life is like now that I live in a facility. I was told that a set of questions would be drafted from my essays and I would be answering the questions on videotape. They wanted me to tell my story. The video would be shared with staff and residents from facilities in the area.
It took a while to coordinate everyone's schedules. August 27th was the day of filming.. I'd done all the tings women do to prepare for special events. I got my hair and nails done, chose a dressy outfit and even had my eyebrows waxed . I was nervous, but I was ready.
Setting up the equipment took time. Lots of lights, the camera and tripod. Finally everything was set. I looked into the camera and I was asked the first question.
I talked about everything from what it was like for me here, on a daily basis, to what i thought needed to be improved to make things better for both the residents and staff. Once I began talking,I couldn't stop. Someone was listening . It was cathartic. I talked for over an hour.The entire process took about three hours. By the time we were finished I was very tired, but satisfied with the things I had shared on the video.
People were telling me now I would be famous. I didn't consent to be a part of the project for personal gain. Sure, it was fun preparing for the video, I felt glamorous and special. I consented to be a part of the project because I hope the video will make a difference. That has always been my goal in whatever project I have undertaken. Thank you to the staff at Voyce for allowing me to tell my story. I hope it gets people thinking and talking. That's the first step in creating change.