MHCAN of Santa Cruz

Mental Health Client Action Network


The *ONLY* Mental Health PEER RUN Organization

in Santa Cruz County, California 


My Life Story    


by Linda



​My life began here in Santa Cruz, California where I was born.  From an early age I have suffered severe traumas.  At 4 years of age a neighbor molested me.  3 months later my father murdered the man.  6 months later I was playing with a girl that lived down the street and her parents molested me. At 6 years old my brother started to beat me up, this lasted for ten years.


At age 9 years old my father tried to molest me and 3 months later he was murdered.  


Also at age 9 my mother's sister kidnapped me.  At age twelve my mother told me that I was born half male/half female and that I was mistake never meant to be born.


At 13 I started to cut on myself.


Also at age 13 I was gang raped in San Francisco.  


At age 16 I had my first hospitalization and breakdown.


At 17 years old I started to date hoping to find someone to love me.


Sadly, I never found love.


At age 23 I got married but all I got from my husband was abuse.  


From 23 years old on I was in and out of many hospitals.  


At age 48 I am on the right medications and live in my own apartment and am doing well.  


Thank you for reading about me.