Personal Stories of Strength & Hope

"Because ALL of us are unique individuals with great potential for health, well-being and fulfillment." - The Advocates Way

 

By Lori Newell

Spirit 17

I think in my whole life's time, I've never stopped fighting for what I believe in. If I did, I don't know where I'd be right now. I would be in Cognito, probably. The reason I say this is because I've basically lived it on a whim and a prayer. My life has had it's upside down, inside outs, and all ... Read More...

By Betty Jane Troie

Spirit 17

My story starts with me as a young girl suffering from chronic pain and fibromyalgia. My strength started when I was 17 and started to roller skate. I was not good at it and fell knocking myself out several times. I started to take lessons at age 18 and started t o skate competitions despite my ... Read More...

By Anonymous

Spirit 17

In 1979, when I was in a coma in LaToulon Hospital near Marseilles, France my heart stopped beating for a positive amount of time and started again when my sister begged me to "come back". I remember seeing bright lights, but I didn't see the actual heaven. I was not breathing; the hospital was ... Read More...

By Anonymous

Spirit 17

It has been a long road that has led to where I am today. I have had many hurdles to jump; beginning with college, next in work, and then leading to supportive programs. However, I was lucky to have many caring individuals there for me, to show me the way, the way to where I was before I was ill.
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By Edna Harrington

Spirit 17

I really got a lot of the Life Skills group at Advocates. We talked a lot about emotions. I am better at voicing how I feel now. With a combination of the group, my therapist, and medications I can even work now. I’m a caregiver taking care of elderly people in their homes. My Post Traumatic ... Read More...

By Anonymous

Spirit 17

When I was having a really hard time I would call PES and I then would talk to them and let them know that I was having a really hard time. They would send me to respite. The staff at respite would help me to come up with ideas to help me through the next time I would get anxiety or depressed. Even ... Read More...

By Anonymous

Spirit 17

I am 23 years old and I live independently in Marlboro. I was placed in group homes at the age of 15 which was quite a hard decision for my parents to make. What led me into programs is that i threw my sister into a wall. Along with being violent at home and at school. I have been to group homes in ... Read More...