“I see incredible beauty in humanity, only most of it is unfulfilled potential, hidden under the superficial”

~Danielle Mayeur~

Danielle Mayeur was a beautiful girl who died young, before she had a chance to truly live. She was twenty-five when she passed away of anorexia in 2001. Sexually assaulted at 17, she lost the will to eat and waited three long years on a waiting list before she was admitted to a day program for support. After only three months in the program, she was released only to find out there was no follow-up support available, mainly due to lack of funding. Her struggle was just too much to bear. Before her death, she had a vision to build compassionate services for those suffering with eating disorders. With her mothers dedication and a network of caring friends her vision was realized after her death. Today there’s a special place where hope and healing happen everyday. A place where there is no judgement, where there is constant support and people who selflessly dedicate their time and effort to make a difference in the lives of others. See, there is good in the world after all. When I read her story I was instantly compelled to be a part of this place. Maybe it was because she was an actress and I have always been a part of the theatre world. Maybe it was because I was sexually assaulted as a teenager and understood her pain. Maybe it was because my own past vices were drinking and drugs to cure that very pain, at one point rapidly heading towards the same fate myself. Maybe it was because I wanted to help those that couldn’t find the strength to help themselves. Maybe it was because over the years I managed to turn my own life around and now have a deep understanding of the immense power of healing. Maybe it was because I could lend a patient ear to those who needed to be heard. Maybe it was because I could use my passion for the written word to bring attention to the cause. Whatever it was, I reached out to offer my help and continue to be amazed at all the wondrous things that have unfolded since. I know I am connected to this special place for many reasons. I work there because it is a part of my legend, something I promised I would do once, a long time ago, as I fought desperately for my own life. Everything is connected, remember? Quantum connectivity and all that jazz. Back it up a bit. In 2005 I was 30 years old, and my brain was being savagely ravaged by viral encephalitis, and I was dying. Leave it up to me to be in the less than 1% of the population to get encephalitis from the West Nile Virus. West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease or WNND to be exact. I was leaving this earth, and I didn’t want to go. I had a lot more to do here. So I earnestly promised something to the other side, and lucky for me that day- They listened. That’s a hell of a tale, maybe I’ll tell you all about that little Near Death Experience in my next post…

I still have the chance to rant about all my absurd adventures. Danielle wasn’t so lucky. Thankfully her voice can continue with mine, and all the people who are connected to her story. I am somehow a minute part of her legend, and that entanglement feels like an extremely important role. She once got the lead in a festival play but was just too sick to perform.

This one’s for you Danielle.


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