Stories from Oolagen: Cathy’s Story

Posted: August 24, 2016

We are excited to announce that Delisle Youth Services is merging with Oolagen Community Services. To highlight the merger, we will be featuring a series of youth stories from youth who have been impacted the services at Oolagen. By merging, we will have:

  • More resources available
  • More professional development for our staff
  • More knowledge sharing between Oolagen and Delisle
  • More counselling options for youth and families
  • Increased depth to our programming

We are #strongertogether! For more information on the merger, please visit our official announcement:

Cathy’s Story

A year may seem like a long time to feel bad, but it isn’t for me. I’ve been feeling low for about three years. The most prevalent problem was my eating. I wouldn’t eat and then I’d get so hungry I’d eat a lot and throw it right back up. Although I never have been “rail thin’ (like I’d like to be), I’ve been trapped in it all the same.

I was terribly nervous at my first session at Oolagen and I didn’t say much. After a while, I felt I could talk with the social worker and I felt comfortable. Being able to explain to someone who understands is something I’d never experienced before. I could say how I felt and be open without worrying about anyone laughing or pointing at me. The dark cloud of my depression became clearer and easier to understand.

I can’t say enough about Oolagen because absolutely and truly I don’t know where I would be without it. I don’t even know if I would be here. That’s a hard thing to write, but it’s the truth. Having Oolagen in the school was a special bonus that allowed me my privacy from telling my family what was going on.

I’m not feeling wonderful, but I am here, and I know I have something to hold on to. I wish for all those who feel like me would find such a thing as Oolagen. It has helped more than many – even I – can know.

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