Something I Am Proud Of:
It’s been 7 years since my last episode and 10 years since first diagnosis. I’m determined never to have one again. With blood, sweat, tears and a lot of CBT, while being medically compliant, I am walking on the other side, fortified and high functioning. I have a strong support system around me and I am building a life that I want. With therapy, the right medication, and my creativity, I aim to stay healthy. I’m a set decorator, content creator, and writer/blogger. My creativity has always been a strong personal force. In this complicated world, visual, written, and music expression can be used to lift ourselves out of the ashes. With my forms of expression, I want to inspire others to be more hopeful, creative, and let them know they are not alone on their personal journeys.
Advice For Newly Diagnosed:
Take it day by day. Don’t compare yourself with others. Everyone has stuff they deal with, it’s just not usually so out there and public for people to see. Don’t dwell on negativity; things will get better. Above all be true to your unique self and remind yourself each and every day that you are worthy.