The journey continues
College took a toll on Matt. He left after two years, recognizing quickly the old signs of depression, those that too often led to suicidal thoughts, then to anger and rage. Understand: mental illness never really goes away.
But today, the Springettsbury Township resident’s focus is on hope.
“I want anyone suffering to know that this may be a chronic disorder, but it’s not a death sentence,” he says. “You can get through it.”
Matt’s getting through it, day by day. And before long, he’ll be back in school.
He’s going to study theater.
One day, soon, the self-described “limelight bug” will again take center stage. He’ll relive that same excitement he loved as a kid, pretending for a time to be something he’s not.
The bigger thrills will come offstage, though — for a young man who’s learning to be comfortable with exactly who he is.