@impurestcheese: I wrote something like this once. It was the one thing I ever wrote for 5th Column. You might remember it, I think it was called "The Loser". Though that one ended in a supernatural way in an attempt to make it a part of that universe, the rest of it was 100% me. Certain elements like setting and characters may have been different, but emotionally it was all me and how I was feeling at that time.
That being said what "Allison" is going through I feel is simply a season in her life, and that season is coming to an end. Allison didn't need to be working in a destructive environment, and I think that now that this season for her has ended it means liberation and unlimited potential for the future. It would be up to her though to see how her story ends. Will it be a tragedy? Or will it be a tale of inspiration that everyone looks to in the future just to see "how she did it". I think from reading the beginning of Allison's story that there is indeed hope for her future, and her story is not yet over.