I was born with cerebral palsy and epilepsy in Iraq. When I was at school students would bully me. When I was young I often hid behind my Mum and my brother, because people would make fun of me.
My name is Madeleine and I am 63. I immigrated to Australia in 1994 from Switzerland with 2 sons and a daughter. I currently care for my youngest daughter who has a mental illness.
My daughter was a premature baby. She was very small. I was sick before she was born and after her birth I got post-natal depression. It was a very hard time. She cried all the time.
I didn’t get any support services when I arrived in Australia even though I was worried that she was delayed in her talking.