Something I Am Proud Of:
In my early years of diagnosis I never thought I would live past the age of 21, I was living a destructive lifestyle and never took managing my illness seriously. I turned my whole life around by putting a stop to my destructive behavior, attending my regular check-ups, going to therapy and figuring out my own routine that helps me to manage my illness. 9 years later after my initial diagnosis, I am living out a dream I had for as long as I can remember, which is living on the other side of the world and traveling. I’m proud of myself for changing my lifestyle and working hard to achieve a life goal.
Advice For Newly Diagnosed:
Take time to learn about your illness, take notes on your repetitive behavior patterns and be consistent with your medication. Therapy is beneficial, but be sure to find someone you are completely comfortable talking with. Accepting your illness is the greatest thing you will ever do for yourself, but everyone reaches this stage at a different pace and that’s ok.