You have helped many, many people. I salute your bravery, courage and your RECOVERY. You are one of my heroes.
Pete Earley, Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Author of “Crazy: A Father’s Search through America’s Mental Health Madness”, former Washington Post Reporter <www.peteearley.com/>
I'm so proud of you. Amen. You are a blessing to the planet!
Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor, Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist, National Spokesperson for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center, Author of “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey” --a book about her recovery from a stroke and the insights she gained into the workings of her brain. <www.drjilltaylor.com/>
You have a strong reputation in the community as an action oriented, purposeful individual that walks your talk. Living a balanced life that includes healthy relationships, home ownership, meaningful work and a faith-based conviction to integrity, you are a true example that recovery is possible. Your desire to promote recovery is proven repeatedly; it is how you live your life.
Glenda Pittard, President, 3dASAP, Promotional Solutions which serves the National Alliance on Mental Illness as the National Promotional Marketing Vendor.
I'm not sure there is anyone, outside of my family, that I have care and respect for more than you. Our bond was forged very early in the legislative hearings at the Capital in the Spring of 1999. In my role as NAMI Texas E.D. you have given 100% in the jobs that you have completed.
Joe Lovelace, Texas’ most knowledgeable and passionate mental health advocate, Texas Council for Mental Health and Mental Retardation
You are so articulate. The words just flow with you.
Shivaun Palmer <www.brainstormdocumentary.com/team.htm>
You speak about your experiences with such passion and it's so wonderful to read how happy you are. What I love most is that you want everyone else to achieve and feel what you have now. I'm so very proud of you and the woman you have become. I hope that you are just as proud of yourself. You really are amazing!
Debbie Trammel, Volunteer Services Council and Community Relations, Austin State Hospital
Before you speak, ask yourself, is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence? Author unknown to me.“I believe it is my responsibility (as a person who lives with a serious mental illness) to help others less fortunate than me.” Diana, your message improves the silence and helps to save lives.
Willie Williams of the Austin, Texas Mental Health Task Force
Your candor, intelligence and humor really hit home with your audience today, and I know we are all enthusiastic about further presentations from you for our worker trainees. The discussions about stigma, the life experiences of living with mental illness and also the range of functioning one might experience were all very illuminating.
Jeri Pamp, trainer at Department of Family and Protective Services
I applaud your vision, your courage, your wisdom, and your history! Your words encouraging the NAMI family to ACT as a group for change couldn’t be more important! Keep speaking, please, and know that you are changing the future of many lives that have yet crossed the junction where law enforcement and mental health cross. You are making that a safer junction for officer and citizen alike.
Patsy Gillham, Award winning Texas Mental Health Advocate
Diana, you inspire me. You are the perfect example of someone who takes life's challenges and turns them into growth experiences as well as blessings for others.
Sharon DeBlanc, ValueOptions Consumer Coordinator
Diana: thanks so very much for your inspiration and example as a wonderful speaker and encourager yesterday.
John Hoelzel, NAMI Grayson, Fannin, Cook President
Thank YOU so much for giving our Celebration Recovery the ENERGY AND PASSION that we needed to get the message out about recovery and what it means to those suffering from mental illness. I was so moved by your dynamic presentation and I really feel that you have touched those that were able to hear your speech.
Lynn Morita, Astra Zeneca
Diana is a passionate and articulate spokesperson for her cause. From “Expect Nothing”, Diana has created “Expect Recovery! This impressive, generous individual lives life fully with a serious mental illness.
Dr. Michael Schwartz Editor-in-Chief, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry, University of Louisville, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Hawaii