Alexis Quinn has always known she was different.
Academically and athletically gifted, she soared through her years in education
but failed to socialise adequately with her peers. Somehow, social norms just
passed her by. But her difference had always been her strength, until the birth
of her child and the death of her brother, Josh; then her difference became her
Unable to deal with the reality of what happened with Josh,
Alexis was detained under the mental health act against her will. She found
herself struggling for years, with diagnosis after diagnosis landing on her
shoulders. Told repeatedly by doctors that she was dangerous, Alexis tried to
become the person the system wanted her to be: someone normal. But it seemed
that normal was always just out of reach.
As time went by, she realised that the care she thought was
going to help her might just be the very thing that would destroy her.
Raw and honest, Unbroken tells the story of a strong woman learning how to live
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Alexis Quinn, from Morecombe Cove originally, now from Lagos, is a gifted academic, teacher, and former professional athlete. A passionate educator, she has worked within schools for over a decade. After being wrongly diagnosed after her brother dies, Alexis struggled with care for several years before escaping to Africa. She now writes about her experience in order to promote neurodiversity and end stigma surrounding mental health.