Yesterday I drove to the nearest big town, Wigan where I feel at home, where I attended school from age 11, trained to be a nurse, midwife and Health Visitor. Apart from 18 months working in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland in early 1980’s and 12 months in North Manchester from 1980 -2010 I worked as a Health Visitor in the Wigan & Leigh area of north west England.
In 1981 as part of my 3 month’s Supervised Practice placement I first met Joan who was one of 3 Health Visitors working at a clinic in one of the most socially deprived clinics in Wigan & Leigh district. I was always the tallest in my class at primary school featuring at the back in some group photos. Joan was taller than me and for the first time in my life I had looked up to another woman. It felt quite unusual for me. I can’t remember joan’s Height measurement at the time but we both measured on the clinic height measurement stand and I was 5 feet 8 3/4 inches. The rest is history.