...as I reread this story...lo these nearly 20 years after the horrific incident which twined Ana & me, I offer these updates, as some still ask me 'what ever happened to Ana?'....
Predictably, Ana was taken advantage of by the very people I tried to protect her from...left flat broke, stuck in Houston without her son and in her wheelchair without prosthesis. As soon as I speedily complied with Ana's request to 'get out of her life' her so-called new-best-friends...and even her sister sucked what was left of the $150,000+- I had raised on her behalf. Ana never got home and the last I heard from her.....was accepting the charity of a family where she helped with the kids.
As a trained Family Violence/ Domestic Violence Counsellor/ Advocate...I get that women should be empowered to choose......even if that means they pilot their own failures....and I never thought I should protect Ana from herself.....but I only acted at Ana's pleasure......and departed when she asked. The slimy comments from 'unnamed sources' were predictable: the HPD family violence counsellors were envious of the publicity I received...and had indicated this to me....HPD was running scared, as i was repeatedly mis-identified by the media as HPD....implying I was staff....and they sent their lame flack, Jack Cato to assassinate my character. Ellen Cohen, the then head of the Houston Area Women's Center slimed me as an extension of the conflict we had when I was a volunteer at HAWC, uncovering embarrassing failures of responsibility there.
i also get that the Press is much about salacious sensationalism, as that attracts readers. Steve McVicker and I had been friends for years before he wrote this story and I was disappointed that he chose not to check facts with me...simply in the interest of journalistic accuracy... which disproved the slime. I also have no illusions that everyone likes me as my mother did........nor approve of my decisions or leadership. We seem to relish denigrating those in the spotlight. The Press gave me an award in 1993 as a 'Local Hero' for the work I still do with the homeless, so I suppose it is poetic balance for them to have taken a few pot shots at me for what I did to assist the victim of a most horrific tragedy. McVicker fabricated that I told Ana i was her angel....but I am quite satisfied with what I did to provide the kind of support my family would have offered had I suffered as Ana.