Most importantly, I want to say thank you. Thank you for all the time you have spent shaping me into the person I am today. Thank you for all your patience while I learned things the hard way. Thank you for showing me that I only need to answer to one person: Myself. Thank you for teaching me how to trust people again when I believed that everyone was out to get me. Thank you for all the hours you spent with me, letting me cry and whine and complain to you about whatever the "trauma of the day" was. Thank you for helping me to overcome each and every one of those traumas (and if you couldn't do it yourself, you wrote a counseling referral and made them deal with it!). Thank you for holding me up when I was falling fast. Thank you for pulling me back from the cliff I was teetering on when I first started here. Thank you for telling me I was wrong and making a huge mistake even though you knew I was going to do it anyway... yet always being there to catch me when I fell (and not above saying "I told you so".) Thank you for being there to pick me up off the ground when I was convinced my life was over. And most of all, thank you for letting me be me and loving me regardless of how crazy I was at times.
In the past 3 years, I have experienced something I have never experienced before, Acceptance. From the first moment I stepped through the doors at the intake back in 2002, I knew I had found my place. I felt welcomed, wanted, like I belonged. I have met some of the most important people in my life here. I have made memories and laughed and shared with the people in these walls more than anywhere else in the world. And as much as I hate to admit it, I'm going to miss it here more than anyone will ever know.