July 1, 2022
Fiona first became a tenant with Foundation Housing in 2013, at our Fremantle lodge. She wanted to move away from negative people in her life, so was excited to start her life of independence.
Tired of ongoing knee pain and not being able to do the things she used to, Fiona knew that she had to improve her lifestyle for a healthier and happier future. Three years later, we were able to move Fiona to our brand-new Bennett Street Lodge, close to the hustle and bustle of East Perth. Flourishing in her new home, Fiona said she still felt like something was holding her back, her weight.
“I was very excited to move to Bennett Street, but I knew that my health was in jeopardy and if I was going to do anything about it, it had to be now,” she said.
With access to local agencies and through the support of the Lodging team, Fiona decided to take the first steps and receive counselling about options to manage her weight. Her health situation was assessed, and she was told that surgery might be an option for her, but first she had to lose some weight herself to prove that she was committed to making healthier life choices.
“I was ready to lose weight. I was determined because I knew that if I didn’t put one foot in front of the other and give this my best go, I wasn’t going to live a full life,” she said.
“I went into surgery in November 2021 and since then, I have lost 54kg. My friends can hardly recognise me. I am so happy that I pushed myself to lose weight. I can do things I never used to be able to do, like going for a walk around the block. I wouldn’t have much of a future if I didn’t get support from the people around me, like Foundation Housing,” said Fiona.
When asked what advice she would give other people who wanted to kickstart their health journey, she said: “If I can do it, anybody can do it. You must be confident in yourself and put your mind to it, no matter what obstacles you are facing. Create habits for yourself that are realistic and seek a support network to have your back.”
Congratulations on your achievements, Fiona! It has been wonderful to see your progress over the last few years and see you able to get out and about in the local community.
If you need support in any aspect of your life, please speak with your Lodging or Housing Coordinator who can help with referrals to support agencies.