Break­ing si­lence

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Editorial - Le­land Ingram is orig­i­nally from Arnold’s Cove.

If my story helps even one per­son; if it helps some­one who feels they can’t go on, to re­al­ize that there is al­ways hope and al­ways a to­mor­row; if I can some­how help some­one to find within them­selves that strength to go on; then my de­ci­sion to go pub­lic last year will be the best de­ci­sion that I have ever made.

Sadly, we can­not re­verse time and can­not erase tragedy.

It was one such tragedy that broke my si­lence.

This time last year a beau­ti­ful per­son, a woman who fought to im­prove aware­ness and bring about change in so­ci­ety and our men­tal health care sys­tem, lost her bat­tle. The loss of yet an­other beau­ti­ful soul, a true ad­vo­cate for peo­ple, was what broke my shell.

Vic­to­ria Best, I never had the priv­i­lege of meet­ing you or get­ting to know you, but you were an in­spi­ra­tion to me and I truly mourned when your beau­ti­ful light was ex­tin­guished from this mor­tal world. I hope that some­how you know just how much you meant to those of us you were ad­vo­cat­ing for, and, while you will never be re­placed, rest as­sured that you in­spired us and there are many you in­spired who are now try­ing, in our own way, to con­tinue work­ing to bring about change for the bet­ter and to help oth­ers.

You are truly missed, but we were blessed for hav­ing had you fight for us.

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