Annabel Powell, Dream Maker - Dreams2Live4

Annabel Powell, Dream Maker

Annabel is our Dream Maker based in NSW.  This is her story  -

At Dreams2Live4, we are inspired everyday by the stories of our Dreamers. Stories that make you laugh and cry, that inspire, devastate and change you forever. The Dreams2Live4 team is dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives and working as a Dream maker, it is part of my job to make Dreams come true for cancer patients in the darkest times of their lives.

At Dreams2Live4, we are inspired everyday by the stories of our Dreamers. Stories that make you laugh and cry, that inspire, devastate and change you forever. The Dreams2Live4 team is dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives and working as a Dream Maker, it's my job to make Dreams come true for cancer patients in the darkest times of their lives.

When I tell people my job title is ‘Dream Maker’ they always want to know what that means. I tell them it is listening and then helping a person choose the next step in their story: which is what I love most about the whole thing. Sometimes, I have the chance to do a face-to-face interview which is a very humbling experience. I am often seeing people when they are extremely vulnerable and are at the mercy of hospital visits, constant tests, scans and bad news. Cancer can strip patients of all sense of control.

And that’s why a Dream is so important. It is about empowering a patient to choose to have something wonderful come into their lives. I love the saying “Be the rainbow in somebody’s cloud” and now we can all do this everyday.

My background is nursing, which has certainly given me a good grounding and insight to prepare me for this kind of work. I feel as though I have finally come full circle. Working with dreams has allowed me to draw on all those nursing skills and knowledge that has been idle for so long. I feel like I’m where I belong.

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