Despite All of My Barriers

"I know the difference DI made in my life."

As my family and I look back on the time I spent at Deseret Industries, everyone says how much progress I made. Looking back to when I first began, I have come a long way. I know this happened because I felt as if I fit in, that I had friends, and that I belonged. When I began training, I cried every day. So, the very first goal I set was to not cry at work. This was a hard goal, because I have had multiple anxiety disorders since I was a very young girl, and they have always gotten in the way of making friends or succeeding at school or work. 

I also have obsessive compulsive disorder, which made me a very slow worker when I first began at DI. My development specialist and job coaches were patient and kind. They made changes in work areas, provided me with a mentor to talk with regularly, and partnered me with a psychiatrist. I soon learned how to work with my OCD and set realistic expectations for myself. 

My development specialist and job coach at DI help me develop a plan for my future. I was able to apply for state vocational rehabilitation services and I was connected with RISE, a non-profit organization that assists with continued support for individuals with disabilities.  They also helped me with information and support to overcome my anxiety and OCD.   

Despite all of my barriers, I completed an associate’s degree at a state university. I never missed a day of work and I was able to get through the day without crying.  I bore my testimony in Church the Sunday after I left the program.  I know the difference DI made in my life.  I am grateful for my struggles and grateful to a loving Heavenly Father who knows what is best, even if it is hard.

"Despite all of my barriers, I completed an associate's degree at a state university."

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