We are proud to introduce you to our Napa Valley cast. The show will take place on Saturday, May 6th at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in Napa. When I was 11 ½, I had a major stroke, completely paralyzing my right side. At age 15, I had brain surgery to correct conditions from the stroke, and when I was 21, I had a motor vehicle accident with major injuries, so I had to learn how to walk for the third time.
How have mental health issues affected your life?
At age 19, I had my first psychotic break and psychiatric hospitalization. When I was 27, I hung myself, but Paramedics were able to revive me. After receiving county services for my mental health issues, I was hired at Napa County Health & Human Services Agency as one of the first community aides actively placed in Adult Mental Health.
Why did you want to be a part of This Is My Brave?
I didn’t realize until about 12 hours before my audition that I, in fact, wanted to audition. Everyone always tells me how great a story I have, and I reply always with the same answer: “It’s not a story; it’s my life.” Initially, when I saw the call for auditions, I knew in the back of my mind that I wanted to be part of it.
What inspires you to stay mentally healthy?
If I didn’t have to feed my shitzpoo, Brutus, I may not be here some days. Ultimately, my family and my community keep me grounded. I know so many other people gain strength from the words of my life, and that inspires me every day to get up.
What do you hope the audience will take away from the show?
Anything that helps them get through their own life. If small, great. If large, even greater.