On the way back up the hill, counselor Bethany dropped back to walk beside Eleana. "What about before you were Miss Teen? Did you have friends then, when you were just you?"
Eleana shook her head. She had people she hung out with, but she and her mother agreed they weren't good for her. "I had to learn to distance myself."
I spoke to one of Eckerd's outdoor all girls therapeutic programs in Floral City, 840 acres of woods! I was a little nervous going in to speak, but when I finished, the reactions from each of the girls and adults was indescribable. I not only inspired them, they too inspired me; so much that I returned few weeks later for an extended overnight stay (in the woods)! First time ever camping and what an amazing experience it was. During my extended visit to Eckerd's therapeutic camp E Nini Hassee, I was shadowed by a Tampa Bay Times reporter and photographer. The story will come out in July as a special edition of the Tampa Bay Times magazine that is dedicated to stories about amazing things teen girls/ young women are doing.
localroger: I hope that young woman doesn't suffer as a result of what was written. Her mother is not going to like it one bit, and she may choose to take it out on Eleana.
She is going to suffer or she is going to suffocate. Unless lightning strikes the harpy mother there really isn't a third option.
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