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Childhood trauma shaped her mental health. She overcame it.

It would happen without warning. In a flash, Reyna Saldana would erupt. She would throw tables and punches with an athletic force honed by days spent shooting hoops and hours resisting staff who pinned her down.

All around her, it seemed, the disapproving faces were convinced she was going nowhere but prison. The teenage Reyna started to believe it. Already a ward of the state, she had been bouncing around foster homes, treatment facilities and detention since she was 4 years old.

If any of those who didn't believe in her had stopped to consider what Reyna came from and what was happening in her brain, they might have been able to predict who she could become. Today, at 18, she is a high school graduate, preparing to begin training to be a nurse. 


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