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Editor of the Reformer,

I want to make my story public to show how much the Brattleboro Retreat has changed me and that it deserves to stay for the sake of the common good. I am in awe of the hard work the staff puts through to help patients. The nurses commit their time, sometimes working double shifts and still maintaining compassion in the midst of chaos. I moved from NYC to Windham County last summer because I liked the small community better than the fast-paced hustle and bustle feel of New York City. I was fully aware of the healthcare transition from NYU Hospitals to the fewer Vermont resources. I had to start from scratch. I've had mental health difficulties since I was a pre-teen that were an outcome of several clusters of grand mal seizures. To clarify, a seizure is the outcome of abnormal neurological activity in the brain; kind of like a storm in the brain. Despite the epilepsy, and the numerous prescriptions. The Brattleboro Retreat was able to dispense my medications on time and make the necessary changes. They have a lot of groups and resources that have formed who I am today. A responsible adult who takes ownership of herself. If anything this is a big thank you to the staff and admirable physicians. I hope this facility can stay open.

Marie-Claire Rose

Williamsville, Jan. 7


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