Natalie Jarvis, 27, escaped domestic abuse and has now overcome breast cancer. This week she graduates from Swansea University. In her own words, this is Natalie’s story.

Like every journey, there is always a beginning.

My upbringing was traumatic. I lost my father at the age of eight and my mother had her own demons that she was battling on a regular basis.

I would be the first to admit that I didn’t enjoy school. My behaviour was poor, and I experimented with alcohol and drugs. I was young and naive, and I thought I knew everything. Despite that, I did secure eight GCSEs which would enable me to go to college. But I was already in a bad place. I was surrounded by the wrong people and found myself living for the weekend.

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