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My thoughts and feelings regarding Nobody’s Child and the impact Maria went through are slightly mixed. The ending was excellent, and I love that she went on to have a fulfilling life and become not only a successful person but also an influential person and an advocate for the rights of people with mental illnesses or disabilities. The beginning though and up until she was living with the family after she got out was honestly kind of irritating. Very few people treated her like an actual human being. Instead, she was treated like some broken object or a piece of garbage. The way that the nurses and the doctor from level A talked about her when she was right there was awful. Even one of the other patients notices it at the celebration when she was leaving the treatment center. It’s actually really sad that another patient was treating her more like a real person than the people who were supposed to be helping her and taking care of her. Also, the fact that her doctor had to tell multiple nurses not to talk bad around her was not okay. She shouldn’t have had to say anything at all because it should have been basic respect. It was nice though to see that she ended up having a really great support system around the time of her getting better and leaving the center and to have that support system stay with her when she got out and started living her own life too. I was really worried when she lost her husband that it would end up setting her back a little, but she kept going on and finished school and became a much-needed advocate and speaker for rights of patients in and out of mental health centers. I think this movie definitely showed a couple different types of people and their attitudes that can be found working in the field of human services. Some were pleasant and wanted to actually help and give hope and a few others were the exact opposite. The older nurse and doctor seemed like they should have been working in a different place or field and didn’t aways seem to have the patient’s best interests. I hope they changed their views and perspectives after seeing her up there on that stage and seeing how much she was able to accomplish in her life with the help and support of the right people no matter what her past was like.