Hi, my name is Dlanon but most of you would know me by my nickname DJ. I come from a very big family, with nine children. I have four brothers and four sisters. I am very close to my sister Justine and brother Hamish and they help me out a lot. They are my favourites but don’t tell anyone! As you can imagine for my parents bringing up nine of us was quite a handful and we often drove my parent’s crazy by always getting into trouble!
When I was 24 years old, I took a brave step and moved out of home (or maybe my parents kicked me out). I lived by myself for about 20 years. There were both good and bad points about living on my own. Unfortunately, the bad points outweighed the good. I was broken into several times, I would have people knocking on my door in the middle of the night and even had my window smashed, this helped me make the decision to move in with Crosslinks.
In 2017, I took a massive step that made me feel extremely nervous and moved into a share house with three other men in Caversham. I had not lived with anyone for over 20 years and found it difficult having to share a house. I remember it like it was yesterday. Dave came to pick me up in the minivan. We had a good laugh as I had a lot more stuff than what they thought I had, but we squeezed it all in and set off on my new adventure. We unpacked and set up my new room. I was very excited when I met my new housemates Desmond, Phillip, and Chris (deceased). Living with Crosslinks has offered me new experiences in life. I really enjoy pottering around the garden and I have just started a veggie garden. I enjoy helping around the house with chores like washing dishes, preparing dinners, hanging out washing, food shopping and cleaning the bird cage. One of the best achievements since moving in, is my weight loss journey. When I first moved in, I weighed about 140kg. With the right diet and lots of exercise I have managed to lose almost half my body weight.
One of my favourite things to do is art and craft. This year I have learned how to make jewellery and I am currently running a beading class at Crosslinks every Wednesday afternoon.
The most important thing in my life is my wonderful family. Some of the best memories I have is of time spent with them. Believe or not I am a party animal! I love a good party whether it be at one of my family’s homes or at my house. I love helping to fire up the BBQ and burning a few snags, taste testing all the desserts and having a great long chat with everyone. I would be lost without my family and Crosslinks support. They have made me the person I am today. I am happy with my life and feel I am blessed with all these wonderful people around me.