Did you listen the only in regards to the reliable Greek woman who walked right into a tattoo parlour to rejoice the anniversary of her discharge from a psych sanatorium? No? good that’s now not excellent simply because it’s no longer a comic story, there isn't any punch line. It’s a real tale approximately Maria Katsonis, the great Greek lady who grew up above her mom and dad’ milk bar and shared a bed room together with her yiayia.
that's till college while she stumbled on her rebellious part and her real sexuality. Summoning the braveness to return out as a lesbian to her Greek Orthodox kin and neighborhood, Maria was once now not met with love and aid, yet was once ostracised.
Embracing her imposed independence, Maria grew to become your average variety A over-achiever. Furthering her reports later in existence, Maria graduated from Harvard college with a Masters measure. Little did she understand, in 5 years time, Maria will be on my own on a mattress in a white psych ward struggling with for her life.
Maria had skilled a whole psychological breakdown, shattering her specialist and private identity.
The sturdy Greek Girl will make you snigger, cry, gasp and smile, written with the honesty Maria’s tale merits, and the splendor and craft anticipated from such an inspiring public intellectual.
Now a senior government within the Victorian division of most effective and cupboard, an envoy for beyondblue and suggest with the Australia Council for psychological future health, Maria has greater than conquered the forces that held her again, she owns them.
whereas she now lives with a prolonged psychological affliction, Maria leads an lively, significant and awesome existence. Her tale of conquer adversity is little short of inspiring.
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