The current state of the mental health care system needs light, it needs evolution. It is reliant on a system that continues to perpetuate the ideology that does not represent the beautiful brains that enter it's spaces. We demand nourishment, healing and heart centered care. Anna's experience necessitates a deep look into changing in the way we treat the neurodivergent thinkers in this world. Anna is on the leading edge of how we think about Mental Health and a walking example of the potential and resilience available to any human being.
Anna and I became twined together as the pay phone calls came to me thousands of miles away. I felt a vicarial connection to her story and also her ability to articulate her experience to me. We took this journey together. We stamped it. I knew at a soul level that this story needed to be told. I began to construct the walls of this story. I studied her life, I filled up pages of words, layers of collage and beautiful watercolors to embody her experience. I did that to celebrate the triumph of her human spirit. I wrote this story to honor others like Anna that continue to forge a path to a new paradigm. This is her story. This is our story.