“I wasn’t your typical 12-year-old girl. I didn’t feel like I belonged. I just didn’t feel like I was a good person. I started self-harming and spent five months in the hospital. It was one of the most frightening experiences I’ve ever had.

Roberts/Smart was quite different. At first, I didn’t like it and was really focused on getting out. I had to play sports. I was overweight and asthmatic, and that sucked. Eventually, I was able to acknowledge my issues by starting to socialize more and getting back that power that the hospital took from me. Things improved. I wasn’t perfect, but I was far better and I felt like a person again.

It takes a lot of work but you can pull yourself back up. Roberts/Smart taught me that I am the person who writes my own story.”

– K.