Angela grew up with a mother who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, a severe mental illness that turned both their lives upside down.
Her situation grew more desperate as her mother’s illness spiraled downward. At 14 Angela was still hungry, no longer in school, and wearing clothes she’d long outgrown. The spunky and resilient teenager reached out, tracking down a counselor she remembered meeting at age seven.
It was a life-changing connection for Angela: “I said, ‘I don’t know if you remember me but I remember you and I really need some help!’ And she hooked me up with the woman who [ultimately became] my foster mom.”
It’s such an atypical story for a number of reasons, which you’ll see if you read the whole article. For Angela to have taken the proactive step of finding that counselor showed tremendous strength on her part. I really admire that! Wish more of the stories had endings like this one.