Introducing esperanza magazine:
In Spanish, "esperanza" means hope. It's also the name of a new magazine for the millions of us who live with anxiety or depression. Within esperanza's covers you'll find everything from tips for everyday wellness to profiles of everyday people. Keeping readers current on the latest research, quality of life issues, and other important information about anxiety and depression, esperanza strives to deliver hope with every issue.
For a sneak peek of esperanza's preview issue, read the profile of skating legend Dorothy Hamill, below.
Dorothy Hamill: Gliding through Depression
An Olympic champion finds the strength to overcome her downward spirals
by Jacqueline L. Salmon and Tim Wendel
Before Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen, and Nancy Kerrigan, there was Dorothy Hamill. With her distinctive bobbed hairdo and dazzling smile, she leaped into America's heart as a 19-year-old when she took the Olympic figure-skating gold medal at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games.
Seemingly overnight, she became America's sweetheart, destined to be one of the country's first female sporting superstars, dazzling everyone with her spins and jumps and infectious spirit. Here was an Olympic gold medalist who could do all the required moves, but still had time to share a laugh with everyone along the way.
But life hasn't always been sweet for Hamill, now 51. Only days into the new year, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and needed to leave the "Broadway on Ice" tour for treatment at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. She says the prognosis is "very favorable."
This isn't the first time the gold medalist has battled back from adversity. In a recent interview for esperanza and in her book with Deborah Amelon, A Skating Life (Hyperion, 2007), she reveals her lifelong struggle with a depression that sometimes left her contemplating suicide. "When I really noticed I had depression, I had no reason for it," she says. "At the time, I was happily married, I didn't have any financial problems, and I'd still burst into tears and not know why."
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