The two weeks of attending the course on Disability Equality Training (DET) really took its toll on me, both physically and mentally. I had to get up at 5.30 am on most days to get ready and then brave the notorious Jalan Loke Yew traffic jam to reach Bandar Baru Sentul by 8.00 am for the facilitator and co-facilitators meeting.

As one of the four senior trainers in training, I not only had to facilitate groups but to learn the concepts and techniques applied in DET, many which are new to me as well. The training ends at 4.00pm daily but we, the facilitators, stayed on to discuss the proceedings of the day. Wuan would usually pick me up at around 7.00 pm and we would reach home at around 8.00 pm. I have not had it so hard for a long time. It was worth the effort though.

Today, I woke up at 12.00 noon. I may need a few more days to fully recover from the exhaustion. I missed the deadline for an article I had promised to deliver. My plans to get a new wheelchair was put on hold for the entire duration I attended the course. I am slowly getting back into groove of my daily routines again. Hopefully, I will have more time to blog after this.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

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