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I remember talking to my uncle and telling him that I am really having a hard time managing my money especially in terms of food. He told me to consider getting involved in other activities and he suggested support groups and other types of peer run activities. I was really angry at him. I like going to my therapist and my psychiatrist but I have always felt that I don’t have friends my own age or relate well to members in my support group even though I look up to the facilitators.
I do remember that when I had a very hard time in junior high school, Mr. Cohen was very kind to me. He played the piano and organ. He was also my Bat Mitzvah teacher. I remember how when I was younger I was nervous when he tried to give me a hug and a kiss and he told me “I am just saying hello” and I said “Okay, say hello.” Then each week he would give me a hug and a kiss or if I attended Shabbat services he would give me a hug and a kiss. I really felt that he cared about me and I was barely getting by with a C average in general studies classes and I was getting an A- in Jewish studies classes. I had a good memory for history and writing when it came to Jewish studies but I had a really hard time in English, Social Studies, math, science, and I absolutely hated art and PE.
I am really happy that I am able to go to Temple nearly every week. I do enjoy the songs and I love to see Mr. Cohen after. He is very supportive. He was concerned about me when I first contacted him. He said “At least you have family watching over you” and I told him that I have a very good therapist and a psychiatrist and I am even able to take cabs there on my own.
Dawn resides in Los Angeles and has been sharing her personal observations about life, family, and mental health with the readers of Painted Brain News for the past two years.