I hadn’t seen Mr. J. for a long time.
As his contact person for more than a year, I had ample opportunity to meet him, get to know him and accompany him in his good, and sometimes not so good, moments.
Just before we met again, he came out of several severe hopital treatments that had taken their toll: they had marked him physically, he was very weakened. To make matters worse, he had lost his home.
Today, I want to offer him a new living space, better adapted to his needs. But, understandably, he is hesitant.
In the course of our conversation, I see that he becomes more confident about the project. In the end, he accepts and starts looking forward to it.
Apart from this specific moment in his situation, he and others always impress me with their capacity not to give up, not to collapse.
In spite of his complicated situation, the hospital treatments, and their after-effects, he keeps looking to the future, making plans.
And when it is time to say goodbye, he talks to me about music, one of his passions… 🎶
(*) We do our utmost to respect the privacy of our patients and our professional secrecy. However, we want to testify to how they must survive and how we are working together to reintegrate them. As a result, the names of places and people are deliberately omitted or changed and real-life situations are placed in a different context. There is no direct link between the photos and the stories above.