“Mariagrazia approaches her life with courage, optimism, and gratitude. Her focus on the possibilities rather than the limitations in her life is truly inspiring. Maria reminds us that it is okay to feel vulnerable and asking for help is a sign of strength not a weakness. Many of us know this to be true in our heads, but so many of us have difficulty applying this principle to our lives. Maria role models self-compassion and encourages us to be the best version of ourselves.”

Atsuko Seto, Ph.D., LPC., an Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at The College of New Jersey