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What's Your Story?

CHEEERS wants to hear about the challenges and successes you have experienced in recovery. We encourage you to share your stories with us. 
For more information about this project, please contact one of our Peer Support Specialists.

John J.

Hello! My name is John. I am from Korea. My life before coming to CHEEERS was full of confusion, depression, anxiety and frustration. My biggest challenge right now is overcoming the language barrier so that I can communicate better with people. Since coming here I feel like I have been doing better like I am more comfortable around people. I feel that I have come far in my life but still have a long way to go. I know now that I am not a worthless person, I am okay. I say affirmations to help me and to give me courage: “I’m okay,” “I can try,” “Do it!” CHEEERS has helped me greatly through groups like Anger Management. I am learning how to vent my frustration in a healthy way through this group. I can also see more clearly my path in life. I do not work or go to school, but I think it would be cool to be a pastor so that I could help people. I have learned to control myself through praying, walking, listening to music and meditation. My medications also help me to feel calm and my symptoms are less frequent. My parents and four siblings pay close attention to my progress. They are impressed and proud of my accomplishments.

Margarita M.

My name is Margarita and I am a Peer. I am in recovery from depression and mood change. I used to stay home and take care of my kids; when they grew up and moved away, I was alone. I used to work a lot and have had multiple jobs. When I was told I could not work, I fell into a deep depression and was sad on a daily basis. One day a friend came to visit and told me I should come to CHEEERS. I enrolled and welcomed the chance to get out of my house. I became involved in my recovery. I was invited to join the Board of Directors to add my Spanish skills and Participant perspective to the Board. I have been witness to the many improvements and the growth of CHEEERS. I have had the opportunity to change so much, and improve my life since coming here. I have discovered myself and my ability to cope with my symptoms. I have found I can care for myself and get along with other people. I attend Out N’ About Trips. I truly enjoy the experience and the friendships I have at CHEEERS. I have been able to achieve my goals. I am in the process of obtaining my GED. I am determined to finish this goal to improve my life and open more doors to me in my recovery. If I put my mind to it and keep my focus, I can do anything. I come to CHEEERS for my peace of mind, to give back, and to move forward.

Everyone has a story, where you have been and where you are going. At CHEEERS, we recognize that each one of us is different and every one of us can live  a fulfilling life with health and wellness. Below are just a few of the stories that make up CHEEERS. We invite you to meet some of our friends and see the difference CHEEERS is making in the lives of many.

Our Stories...

David Y.

Hello, my name is David. Before coming to CHEEERS I experienced a lot of challenges in my life. At the age of 18 I was involved in a severe alcohol-related car accident that caused me to lose my leg. I was in a coma for 3 weeks following the accident. Recovering from this accident led me into a deep depression. I began spending all of my time drinking. I later became homeless. I have since overcome many challenges. I have learned how to cope with my depression, I quit drinking, and I am no longer homeless. I spend my time now coming to CHEEERS, socializing, attending groups, and I recently completed Peer Support Training. CHEEERS has helped me to reach my goals by giving me a place to come to work through challenges with the support that I need, giving me a place to socialize, and helping me to further my education. My family supports me in my goals and any positive choices I make in my life. They show me support by being there for me when I need them. I have never been married, which I feel is a good thing for me, and I do not have any human children; however, I do have a cat named Cisco that is like my child. I would like to let others know that nothing is impossible. If you work at it, put good effort towards it, and want it badly enough YOU CAN ACHIEVE IT!


There is a place I want to go to that has food, family, and shelter. I find these at CHEEERS because of the way that CHEEERS treats me like making my family aware of what I want as manic depressive, in the family unit. CHEEERS treats me with love and respect so that I, a hydrocephalic, alcoholic, diabetic, survivor of widower and divorcee, can achieve great goals with great support and that recovery is peace and that peace begins with me. 

David M.

My name is David and I am a peer. My challenges began in 2002, when I started to experience symptoms. I was feeling hopeless and helpless, like I had no purpose. I didn’t even want to continue on with living. I was diagnosed and placed on medication to assist me in coping with my illness. Although my medication was working, I still felt a part of me was missing. In 2012, I moved into an Independent Living Community where I was able to learn skills to help me become self-sufficient. One day, two Peer Support Specialists from CHEEERS came to the community and gave a presentation. The presentation sparked my interest. I decided to take the opportunity presented to me. The Peer Support Staff and Participants were very much like me. Once I enrolled with CHEEERS, I got involved in my recovery.  I worked with CHEEERS to develop goals by completing my Recovery Service Plan, and I am now seeing my days with hope. I have found that part of me that was missing. I can see the accomplishments in my life appearing. I am now engaged to be married and will be able to share my recovery with someone who can see the real David. I’m thankful to everyone that has shown me that recovery is possible. If you set your mind to it, you can achieve your goals. I have hope for you and your recovery.