Day 207- Dionne, 20, Edinburgh

I’m currently working for the NHS as a nursing assistant. I love my job and find it rewarding. In the future my aspirations are to become a paramedic. I’m currently raising awareness of Endometriosis which is a debilitating and chronic condition I suffer from. My biggest achievements to date have got to be creating a film with Fixers UK about the condition and I’m delighted to be speaking at the Scottish Parliament in the next few weeks.


Which young Scot inspires you?
This is a difficult one as I know a lot of inspiring people. I find all my girls that are raising awareness of Endometriosis are strong and inspiring. Claire Watson from Fife (Endo Fife) inspires me with all she’s done and she organised a charity ball this year and it was a huge success.

What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I’ve never really thought about this. I guess I’m most grateful for having free healthcare and access to free education. It’s things like this that make you realise just how fortunate and lucky we actually are. Also Irn-Bru mind you the new recipe isn’t as nice as the old one!

What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
I would want them to know that not all young people are “bad” or “troublemakers” there are young people out there who genuinely do want to make a difference in their communities and/or their cities and improve things for people.

What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement has got to be meeting Nicola Sturgeon and talking to her about all the work I did with the Scottish Government. It was one of the best days ever and to sit with our First Minister and share my views was a brilliant opportunity.

What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would love to work as a paramedic. I hope to make a difference and help people in their hour of need. I was inspired after watching Ambulance on BBC1 and since I’ve been looking into it further and how to reach that goal. 

What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Never Give Up. If you feel strongly about something stand up for what you believe in. Your opinion matters and you deserve to have your voice heard. Also It’s okay not to be okay. It’s okay to reach out for support.

If Dionne’s story has inspired you, why not share it on social media using the hashtag #MyStory365 or visit the ‘Get Involved’ section to share your own story!

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