“We are so customed to disguise ourselves to others that, in the end, we become disguised to ourselves.”

Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

At the start of this past decade, my family as I knew it, disintegrated. Mental health crises ravaged my immediate family nearly taking the life of one, while another ran away — I left my college class one evening to help file an Operation Quickfind. I had moved home the previous Fall, and stopped my undergraduate studies — in fact I failed out, a fact I am only now ready to discuss. I was hoping to regroup…

Ashley Vanorny

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