Darkness in her eyes
Angie Elliott would not describe the first 40 years of her life as traumatic, nor would she say it was idyllic. She had experienced heartbreak and grief in her personal life, and she also dealt with it every day in the lives of others at the small town funeral home where she worked. But when it came to mental illness, she just didn’t think it was relevant to her life and if it was, she didn’t think there was anything that could be done about it.
“Life’s challenges were to be overcome and if they weren’t, well, obviously I wasn’t trying hard enough,” she says.
She just couldn’t understand why she kept having heart palpitations to the point of passing out on a daily basis.