‘I started to become aware of myself and my emotions after my mom died. She was six months out of getting her nursing degree that she had worked on for eight years. My dad is in the military and we have to move to another country or state every three to five years. We ended up moving to Korea and my mom had to stay here to finish college. She couldn’t handle us being gone for so long and she asked my dad to join us but he couldn’t afford the plane tickets and she ended up killing herself. She was hearing and seeing things. We came home for the funeral and then went back to Korea and then came back here again. My sister also tried to kill herself…she overdosed and ended up in the hospital at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute…it’s kind of like a mental hospital. She was there for a few days and she came home. My dad remarried and it upset my sister. Even now, she’s really fragile. I’ve been staying with her for a while and it’s hard sometimes. The bottom line, though, is that I want to be a nurse like my mom was going to be. I want to feel better about myself by helping other people. I want to help people because I know what pain is and I don’t want to see anyone in pain…and I might not know that if I hadn’t gone through all that I’ve gone through and I’m just fourteen.’

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