Elvira’s Story

Struggling with hardships such as abuse, stigma and discrimination, homelessness, or traumatic memories can be difficult. But life can get better. Connecting with the right people, finding inner strength and tapping into local programs can make all the difference. Visit Up2SD.org to view personal story movies created by San Diegans to inspire, offer hope and challenge stereotypes.

“I grew up in the Philippines. Later in life we moved to the United States where I worked in a hospital for 25 years. After my parents and husband died, I got sick and went to the hospital myself for the first time in my life. I was finally diagnosed with cirrhosis and thought I was going to stay in the hospital for a long time and never live on my own again. Coping with my loss and my illness, I felt very down and got very depressed. But I remembered: I am the stubborn one! I had to keep going; fight my illness and get help for my depression. The support from my loving family is the best medication I got. Today I live at home by myself, I am happy, and I am able to do everything I want to do!”- Elvira

To view Elvira’s personal story video or for mental health information, visit Up2SD.org.