Meet Chicagoland cast members Cathy, June and Maddie

We are excited to introduce three Chicagoland cast members, Cathy, June and Maddie. Their show is coming up THIS SUNDAY May 21 at 4:00pm at the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Meet Cathy Osborn

Cathy Osborne is excited and honored to return to TIMB for a second year. Last year, she chronicled her descent into depression and PTSD more than twenty five years ago. This year, she steps even further out of her comfort zone by talking about an issue that has epitomized shame, especially with recent TV shows sensationalizing its most extreme cases - Compulsive Hoarding Disorder. Cathy hopes that sharing her own "Addiction to Stuff" will help others feel less ashamed and seek the support they deserve. She also hopes to raise awareness and compassion among those not familiar with hoarding. Cathy is an expressive arts therapist who also uses her therapy dogs, Phoebe and Murphy, in her work.

Meet June Riester

My name is June Reister and I'm both excited and nervous to be in the 2017 cast of This Is My Brave - Chicagoland. I will be talking about my journey with Dissociative Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I was diagnosed with the Dissociative Disorder about 20 years ago and the PTSD 15 years ago. I wanted to share my story because people think those diagnoses only exist in movies. That real people don't have them or only people from military combat zones do. While I am a veteran, the only combat I saw was in training. When I'm not sharing my story, I'm a work-from-home mom. We live in Valparaiso. I always say that I have a big kid and a little kid. My little kid is now a teenager and I'm happily married to the big kid for over 25 years. I love art in many forms, a good book, my cat and paper-crafting of all sorts.

Meet Maddie Abramson

Madeline Abramson is 18 years old from Lake Station, Indiana where she is a cheerleader at Thomas A. Edison Jr. Sr. High School. Maddie will be graduating a semester early in December 2017. After that she plans to attend the University of Indianapolis majoring in elementary education. Maddie plans to study abroad while in college. She has never been formally diagnosed with any mental illness but does struggle with anxiety. Maddie is the president of her school's S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter. On April 19, she hosted a prom-themed awareness event to help educate the community about mental health.

We hope you will be able to join us on May 21 in Valparaiso to hear Cathie, June, Maddie and their cast mates share their stories. Get your tickets now before they are sold out.