Don't worry though, I feel like I'm ready to leave. I feel like I am conﬁdent enough to handle almost anything that life throws at me. I've learned here that I will survive it.
I also learned to love myself. That’s a big one. When I came in, I hated my own existence. I didn't think I was worthy of love after everything that had happened to me. This place taught me that we are all worthy of love.
I guess I also have my therapist to thank for that. Even though there were times where she annoyed me, and times where I felt like she kicked me while I was down, in the end it was all for my beneﬁt.
There are a lot of aspects of this place that I will miss. Not all of them include not having to cook my own food :P. The friendly, caring PCs, the amazing nursing staff, Coco's dancing, and of course, the infamous Pink Ladies. I will miss the wonderful meals and the chefs who prepare them.
I'm also going to miss Poncho®, and Jacqueline's animated story telling. She kept it interesting, and I never knew what I was going to learn that day. I may even miss Bobo, though I might have nightmares from her chasing me.
The staff was even wonderful the week that I was bedridden because of my back. I will be forever in debt for everyone's compassion and caretaking. I don't know how I would have survived otherwise.
Overall, my stay here has been a wonderfully enriching experience. I have grown a lot since I arrived. I know that there is a long way to go, and that there will be bumps along my path, but you've given me the tools to cross those when I come to them, and not turn them into mountains.
I am eternally grateful for everything this place has done for me, and will . always keep a place in my heart for Brookehaven.