Over ten years ago, E. Daisy Anderson started writing The Daisy Project to tell others how she “escaped” thirty-seven years of diagnoses, medications and hospitalizations within the psychiatric system of British Columbia, Canada. Persistent and motivated to make the toughest decisions of her life, Daisy ultimately managed her own recovery from mental illness and prescription drug addiction with the support of her community.
Born as “Trudie” in 1942, Daisy changed her name as part of her recovery and transformation. Her insights about caring come from decades of experience as a mental health nurse and a reluctant psychiatric patient. They also reveal a bright and deeply spiritual woman. Daisy redefined herself, creating a healthy life without psychiatrists or pills. Her story inspires others to never give up, and to believe that they too can regain control and rediscover the light and love in their own lives.
Daisy lives on Vancouver Island with her Havanese dog, Anna.
What People Are Saying
Daisy's story is a tribute to the power of the human spirit to overcome decades of adversity, and go on to make lasting contributions in her community. Her upcoming book, The Daisy Project: Escaping Psychiatry and Rediscovering Love, gives healthcare providers a better appreciation of their impacts on patients’ lives, while offering hope and inspiration to the patients and their families who get lost in the mental health system. Daisy’s story should be required reading for medical trainees.
Dr. John Cook. PhD RPsych
After many years of suffering and with great effort Trudie shed the mask of illness, which she had used to make her survival possible. Then she was able to become, Daisy Anderson, her own person and a strong guide to other people suffering from the discouragement of not finding room to be themselves.
Dr. Robin Routledge, MD FRCPC
Thirty-seven years, six months, and twenty-five days…. It’s almost impossible to imagine how anyone could have fought for so long — almost four decades…. There was no fast-forward for Daisy during that difficult time. There were no shortcuts…. and Daisy is now catching up on life. This story has a good ending, a very good ending.
Rev’d Duncan Barwise
United Church of Canada
The Daisy Project is a powerful story of tenacity, persistence and recovery. In it, E. Daisy Anderson makes Biblical references to the Psalmist's cry for help and St. Paul's remarks on the power of love. I was reminded throughout of the story of "the bleeding woman" who refuses to let social convention or patriarchal power structures stand in the way of the healing miracle she knows in her heart she deserves. Daisy's story is that of the bleeding woman, multiplied by five. In the end, Daisy brings love, spirituality and self-determination to bear on her supposedly incurable illness. Her story will be helpful to many psychiatric patients. It should also be required reading for anyone who is practising or aspires to practise as a mental health professional.
Kate Johnson, HBSW, BA, MDIV, RSW
The Daisy Project website www.thedaisyproject.ca does not provide individual advice or respond to individual requests for assistance with mental health problems, psychiatric medications or other related issues. It is strongly recommended that anyone seeking assistance regarding mental health—for themselves or a loved one—consult a physician or registered health professional familiar with mental health issues, treatments and the associated risks. It is also strongly recommended that patients ask questions, expect answers and keep asking questions.