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Dee De Cicco

Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!

Hey ! I’m Deanna but almost everyone calls me Dee. I’m 21 and from Melbourne. I have Gastroparesis and currently rely on a Nasojejunal tube for most of my feeding I also have a non functioning bladder and have a suprapubic catheter to drain my bladder! I love learning new things, advocating for disability and mental health, vintage things, baking and arts and crafts! 

Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it

At the moment I’m learning the way to best manage my illnesses and live my life. It’s pretty tricky finding the right balance but I’m getting there! I’m hoping that after I can manage my health better I’ll be able to return to study, it’s always been my dream to work in health care and after having experienced so many different aspects of the health care system in the past 10 years it has really motivated me to bring my experience to that environment. 

Q3) What makes you feel courageous?

Sharing my mental health and physical health experience makes me feel courageous. I feel that me sharing my experience is me owning my experience and it can be really hard to accept things about yourself that might not always seem so “great” but I’ve realised that these experiences have made me a person that I love more then I ever thought possible. 

Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?

Your life won’t turn out how you planned but I promise it’ll be amazing any way. Ride the waves and wait out the storms, it gets better, it gets so much better! Where you are now will play such an important roll in you becoming the incredible, brave, strong, loving and courageous women you are to become.

Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?

It’s ok to be scared, angry, hurt, sad, frustrated, confused, stuck. Trust yourself! Do what you want to do! It’s ok to fail and make mistakes. Live your life for YOU! 

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