Under the Helmet offers a glimpse of our Blitz Dames’ lives when they are not on track. This month, Shauna The Dead shows us how she manages her career as a pharmacy technician with motherhood and Roller Derby; Shauna currently skates for both the Bomb Squad AND the ATeam, competing most recently in SKOD: A Skate Odyssey.
“I’ve been a pharmacy technician for 15 years now, stumbling on the profession in a newspaper whilst trying to find a job after the arrival of my first child. I trained for two years at City Hospital and after qualifying secured a job which I stayed in until the start of this year. I then moved and I am now the dispensary manager at The Alexandra Hospital. This brings with it a whole new set of challenges. New people to meet, new systems to learn, new protocols and actually managing a department; budgets, sickness, annual leave and it general problems (Missing drugs, wholesalers forgetting items, grumpy patients to name but a few). All this in a NHS that’s struggling can be very frustrating and demoralising, but you have to remember the patient. You have to put a smile on your face, treat them with empathy, compassion. They’re having a worse day than you! You learn a lot working in The NHS about life. You put things into perspective, you realise life is too short, unfair, sad. You appreciate what you have more.
“Roller derby saved me from going nuts when I felt I could do nothing. It takes my mind completely when I’m playing. I am unable to think of anything else. It gives you a rest from the day to day things that run through your head. The people involved in our league and roller derby in general have time for you, time to listen, laugh, hug you if you’re having a bad day or even buy you a beer! The support is phenomenal.
“My family is also amazing, they support me, cheer me on and put up with me out at training three times a week. I wouldn’t be able to play without their support!”