Neha Patel

Neha Patel

Diagnosed with depression, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder at sixteen, Neha read stories from Cynthia Brian’s book, Be the Star You Are! 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference to augment medical treatments and therapy. “Despite the hardships I've faced, it's the people who have made a difference in my outlook on life. I encourage everyone to be optimistic and be happy,” writes Neha. While searching on-line for volunteer opportunities in 2009, she was ecstatic to discover Be the Star You Are! charity. Never in her wildest dreams did she imagine the letter of appreciation she wrote would be included in a book and she is thrilled to have contributed The Gift of Appreciation to Be the Star You Are! for TEENS. www.bethestaryouare.org.