Resilient Voices

“She came to me with the story of her illness and asked for help…”

Josif: My dad was basically a serial entrepreneur. He was a barber, but also a baker, a restaurateur…my parents were German immigrants and they got to be very well-known German restaurateurs. Photos by Megan Monday We moved every three years because he flipped houses. It’s crazy; he did a lot of things. But I grew up …

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Josif & Joda | Appleton, WI

“There’s a saying: ‘See our abilities, not our disabilities.'”

I’ve got a cognitive disability and I went to special ed all my life, through high school and graduated. But sometimes people don’t understand where I’m coming from. Photos by Megan Monday “They don’t know how to read me, or they’re afraid to talk to me and they try to speak for me. That’s not …

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Lynn | Appleton, WI

“If you want to change the world, start in your own backyard.”

I’ve been in recovery a little over 14 years. I reflect back to when I was a youth and I remember there were inspirational people in my life that just dropped little seeds. When I got into recovery, those seeds started to grow. Photos by Megan Monday “Now I work with youth and people looking …

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Jesse | Appleton, WI