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72 Hours in the Ward

  Words by Jillian Lombardo “Positivity is much harder to achieve than negativity,” said Ashley Lombardo, a previous inpatient. The precipice of self-destruction is a teetering point of known and unknown emotions. The chilling certainty that this is the end, a yearning to escape the relentless cascade of pain and despair. Lost in a labyrinth of questions, wondering how or why you arrived at this crossroads. Was it the lingering torment of a father’s absence, the heartache of a lost love or the relentless pressure to be the perfect daughter? Or was the sudden upheaval of a global pandemic that …

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