Thursdays with NAMI – March 17, 2022 – 7 pm

Madeleine Holden was 18 when she was hit by a car near Montreal, putting her in a coma for weeks. When she woke up, the young Canadian faced a new reality – life in a wheelchair.

Thus began her mental health journey. She grieved for her healthy, unlimited body and her expectation of an easier future. But over time she adapted well – studying social work, falling in love, and having a family. “I’m a lot less anxious now,” she says. “There’s a lot of peace in taking the time to sit down and think things through.”

Today Madeleine works as a peer counselor for people who are currently adjusting to life in a wheelchair. Typically, her clients are “moving out of rehab and coming back into the world as a different person,” she said.

On a whim, she took a storytelling class in 2020 and found an outlet for sharing her experience as a severe trauma survivor. She has told her story on Soul Stories Live in Chicago and will be sharing it during the show. She lives with her husband Jean‐Pierre on a small farm in Quebec. Join us for a conversation with this gentle and inspiring woman. This event is free and open to the public. Find us on Facebook Live or register to participate on Zoom.

Thursdays with NAMI starts at 7pm and is free and open to all. Join us via Facebook Live or click here to register to participate via Zoom and to view the schedule for future sessions