Did you listen the single concerning the stable Greek woman who walked right into a tattoo parlour to rejoice the anniversary of her discharge from a psych health center? No? good that’s now not miraculous simply because it’s no longer a shaggy dog story, there isn't any punch line. It’s a real tale approximately Maria Katsonis, the great Greek woman who grew up above her mom and dad’ milk bar and shared a bed room along with her yiayia.
that's until eventually collage whilst she chanced on her rebellious facet and her actual sexuality. Summoning the braveness to come back out as a lesbian to her Greek Orthodox kin and neighborhood, Maria used to be now not met with love and help, yet used to be ostracised.
Embracing her imposed independence, Maria grew to become your average style A over-achiever. Furthering her reports later in existence, Maria graduated from Harvard collage with a Masters measure. Little did she understand, in 5 years time, Maria will be by myself on a mattress in a white psych ward combating for her life.
Maria had skilled an entire psychological breakdown, shattering her expert and private identity.
The stable Greek Girl will make you chuckle, cry, gasp and smile, written with the honesty Maria’s tale merits, and the attractiveness and craft anticipated from such an inspiring public intellectual.
Now a senior govt within the Victorian division of best and cupboard, an envoy for beyondblue and suggest with the Australia Council for psychological health and wellbeing, Maria has greater than conquered the forces that held her again, she owns them.
whereas she now lives with a protracted psychological disease, Maria leads an energetic, significant and notable existence. Her tale of conquer adversity is little short of inspiring.
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