June 3, 2016 | Fort Erie Media | Port Colborne,School News | By J.T. Lewis
By Michelle Allenberg, Tribune Staff: May 18, 2016
A Port Colborne teen has turned the negative experience of being bullied into something positive.
When 17-year-old Brandee Videcak started writing about her struggles with bullying and mental illness last January she never thought of publishing a book. But through conversations with Lakeshore Catholic High School’s vice principal, Andrew Boon, Videcak was inspired to become a published author with Journey: One step at a time.
“I have it set up into a three-parter. Part one follows the struggle, part two is my road to recovery, and three I call an extra bit of magic,” Videcak said.
The “struggle” portion of the book is still a sensitive subject for Videcak. During Grade 10, Videcak’s depression and anxiety became so severe she became suicidal. Videcak recalls a moment when she was driving toward a tree thinking about ending her life.
In a split moment she swerved out of the way. Videcak said she doesn’t know what made her change her mind last minute, but she is happy she did.