Living Life Fearlessly
“ I have a lot of things to prove to myself.
One is that I can live my life fearlessly.”
– Oprah Winfrey
Megan found herself at Abby’s House two years ago after a long struggle with mental illness. Before settling at Abby’s, she was living in a poor neighborhood where many of her neighbors struggled with substance abuse. In addition to her own psychological problems – including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression – she was being harassed by people around her.
Megan’s mental health symptoms became overwhelming. She was suffering from severe paranoia and eventually fled her apartment. Leaving all her belongings behind, Megan checked herself into respite care.
While living in respite care, Megan learned about Abby’s. She decided to make the phone call, and was offered a place in the shelter. By working with her advocates, she was able to develop an individualized service plan, and was offered a place in the affordable housing program.
Feeling safe and supported, with a place of her own, Megan began building her self esteem. She has reached a place where she is stable and able to focus on herself. Now she manages her mental illness with appropriate medication and has developed positive friendships with other residents.
What Megan enjoys most about Abby’s House is the ability to live independently within a supportive environment. “I like having the option to have someone to talk to. I used to be a hermit. I was very self conscious about my mental illness and how I came across to people. Since coming to Abby’s, I have become more self assured and comfortable.” She has also come to enjoy Worcester and is involved in
the local community. “The location is near
everything — the bus, the social security office, my therapist’s office, and where I volunteer.”
Megan has overcome significant challenges and has become an advocate for others. She is involved with a children’s advocacy organization that assists homeless youth. Her struggles with homelessness and mental illness give her perspective and now she listens to others, gives advice and makes others laugh.
Thank you, Megan, for inspiring others and being a part of Abby’s House.