Jess Impiazzi opens up about caring for blind mother Debbie: 'She kept me going when I was depressed'
JESS IMPIAZZI OPENS UP ABOUT DEPRESSION AND DEALING WITH HER MUM DEBBIE'S BLINDNESS
Celebrity Big Brother star Jess joined us with her mum Debbie in the audience and talked candidly about dealing with depression when her mum lost her sight.
'I got into the Italia Conti Theatre School. I got a scholarship for the college in 2006 and it was the best day of my life,' Jess explained before revealing on the same day her 13-month old nephew tragically died after contracting meningitis and septicaemia.
Then just months later, Jess’s mum Debbie, who was was born partially sighted, went blind.
'I got hit with depression. I dropped out of school,' Jess said. 'I got back in [after a couple of months] and went back for rehearsals. [My teacher] said the lights had gone out. You can’t sing and dance. I didn’t want to see anyone.'
'I left school and mum was still on the sofa,' Jess said. 'She was too scared to make a cup of tea. I said, "You can be like this for rest of your life or you can do something about it." So we did some research and found local braille classes. Watching mum going through something so difficult made me keep going.'
'I was on anti-depressants at the time but my mum made me keep going. I felt like I was burden to everyone because I was so depressed.'
Debbie was in the studio audience with her guide dog and spoke about her relationship with Jess saying, 'I was really pleased that Jess was there. The fact that she engaged –we went to the brail classes and she was making tea and helping people. We were both going through sadness and we pulled each other up. We’ve been doing it ever since.'
Jess added: 'I’m fortunate. We all have idols and I’m just lucky that mine is my mum.'