I am fortunate to have met Wonder Woman. Do you know her? She seems so strong to me; it's impossible for me to associate this small woman with any other name! How has this young lady managed to survive the hell of the streets for so many years? I don't have a clear answer to this question, but I am truly amazed by her courage and resilience in the face of such a destiny that thrust her into this life...
Her body has become a bargaining chip in her daily struggle for survival. She talks about it openly, but one can sense a feeling of dehumanization associated with her activity.
Like the other people we follow, we visit this patient once a week. Over the course of our meetings, by constantly reminding her of her abilities to achieve things, we have observed a change in her perception, realizing that she is not "just a homeless prostitute," as she puts it, but a woman who deserves to be respected and loved.
Gradually, week after week, she has been able to envision a different future for herself, and it will begin with a home of her own!
She will move in before the end of the year, and Mrs. W. is determined to break free from the previous cycle, and she knows that every small step will bring her closer to her goal. She knows that it won't be easy, that the transition will be challenging, and that the years spent on the streets have left indelible scars. But she believes in it, and so do we!
Whatever happens, we will be there to support her and continue following her up in her home as needed. Knowing this reassures her and makes sure she doesn’t feel alone within four walls.
We wish you a long (new) life, Mrs. W. Your life can finally begin again from where it left off!
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(*) We do our utmost to respect the privacy of our patients and our professional secrecy. However, we want to testify to how they must survive and how we are working together to reintegrate them. As a result, the names of places and people are deliberately omitted or changed and real-life situations are placed in a different context. There is no direct link between the photos and the stories above.