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Perth Lynx’s Maddie Allen rises in adversity

After overcoming a suicide attempt, depression, self-harm, anxiety and major throat surgery to become a key player for the Perth Lynx, Maddie Allen may be Australia's bravest basketballer.

The beaming smile and raw energy that Allen delivers on court disguise the personal hell she has endured.

Diagnosed with depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as a teenager while also struggling with her identity as an indigenous gay woman in regional NSW, Allen’s life teetered.
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James Harvey fan  
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Wow, you never what people have been through.

Good read.

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Yes, good read. When I read it earlier thought how shit her first college was, definitely didn't treat her well there. Glad she's doing so well now. Really important for Perth off the bench playing as one of the main 4/5's.

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Had a little bit to do with her when she was a youngster, 14-15. Seemed like a nice quiet kid, you just don't know what's happening away from basketball. Good luck to her

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