Heather was a long time teacher. Not just any old teacher, but a teacher for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Always their champion, she begins her story with the fun and games of her career. She loved her job. She loved the children she taught.Heather had a successful career of thirty one years as a teacher, something she was passionate about improving the lives of children everyday schools couldn't cope with until one day her head called her in to his office and told her that one of the children had made an allegation against her. This was the start of her nightmare which led her eventually after six long months of waiting and growing disbelief to the interview room in the police station, to sessions with a psychiatrist and to thoughts of suicide. Severe depression became a fact of life. This is the agonising account of the ship wreck of one person's life where tenacity and a refusal to give in have led to the writing of this incredible but true story.
Heather Taylor is a 55 year old wife, mother and 'children's champion'.
She was born and reared in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, N Ireland.
Up until 2007 she describes her life as sometimes full, sometimes half empty. Ups and downs like everyone else but pretty ok really.
Heather is an ex-teacher - but not by choice.
Heather, who was head of department of a service for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, suffered a massive blow to her 31 year career when she was falsely accused of slapping a pupil.
She suffered severe reactive depression and anxiety as a result of the allegation.
On her journey to kick thoroughly debilitating depression Heather made a plan to write about her career and the down turn it took.
She always wanted to write and had one piece published, but up until now only had time to dream, not to do. Now she has had both the time and the motivation to write her first book, a true account of her career and the traumatic end to her beloved teaching.