Prairieview Nature: Ana, 17 - "Bird"
About Ana: "My name is Ana I am 17 years old turning 18 July 8th. I am from Chicago and I enjoy playing soccer. In the past I struggled with being away from home, attachment disorder (RAD), accepting help from those who are willing to help me, allowing myself to trust others was a very difficult task for me. Back then I did not trust anyone, for me it wasn’t normal to do so, and when I tried I was scared and afraid to let go and share my story with staff and etc. I’ve never had problems making friends or getting out of my shell. But I had a problem that I wasn’t aware of and that was opening up to others and actually expressing how I'm feeling. I was not aware of my emotions and it was difficult to say them out loud it felt weird and awkward. After a while staff would push me and try to let me know that I can trust people. After I realized that they were there for me and that it’s not okay to hold all my emotions inside, it will only get worse and you’ll only feel worse about yourself. I often tested people to see if they would stay and not just walk out. I would treat them poorly but inside I cared about them. I did not want to allow myself to depend on someone, because I did not want to get hurt I was scared. "