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.