Saving Daisy

One Story, Two Voices

“Saving Daisy is a raw and incredible story. I had tears in my eyes as I read. Sensitive kids face a specific set of challenges in a society that applauds, and encourages, the extrovert ideal. Daisy’s high sensitivity will be a blessing to her, and to the world, as she grows older. The next generation of quiet kids can and must be raised to know their own strengths. Daisy’s insightful voice will reach across generations.”

—Susan Cain, author of Quiet and co-founder of Quiet Revolution

The Orchid

From the time she was young, it was clear that Daisy was a highly sensitive person, though we didn’t realize then that high sensitivity is a biologically based trait with the potential to be a liability as well as an asset. Daisy seemed imaginative and strikingly independent for her age….

Posted On January 11th, 2016

Expressionistic Writing

Daisy wrote this scene a few years ago when she was still writing her story as “fiction.” In this scene, a girl named “Eden” speaks on phone to her father after finding out that her family will be sending her away for treatment.  (But it’s “fiction!”) Before Daisy was able…

Posted On May 11th, 2016

What It Feels Like to be a Highly Sensitive Teenager: An Interview

I was interviewed by the wonderful Kelly O’Laughlin, author of A Highly Sensitive Person’s Life about what it feels like to be a highly sensitive teenager. The segment also includes: What led to my therapeutic treatment My experience in wilderness therapy How I deal with the challenges of heightened sensitivity Tips for…

Posted On February 2nd, 2016

Quote of the Day

For everyone who’s been told, “you’re too sensitive:” “…there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest courage, the courage to suffer.”    — Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning  

Posted On January 21st, 2016

About Saving Daisy

Set against a backdrop of wilderness therapy and Dickensian therapeutic boarding schools, Saving Daisy (Little, Brown 2017) is the memoir of a highly sensitive teenage girl trapped in the troubled teen industry. To read more, click here.