I am 30 years and 3 months old. Nothing has been given to me (including support from family or friends). I am still learning how to think for myself; believe for myself; love for myself; and just to be…myself. I hope to share my story by posting regularly and to help you on your mental health journey by finding happiness in the small victories we accomplish.
I have gone against all odds and become an extraordinary woman. I began my journey on self-improvement two years ago; however, it wasn’t until towards the end of 2016 that I got kicked in the face with debilitating and severe depression that almost made me take my life (three different times) and made me take a short-term disability from work for 7 months. Subconsciously, I found strength and hope to tackle each struggle, each down-fall, and all the pain associated, and rise above it.
I have obtained a B.S. Psychology and Business Administration and secured a career in Hospital Administration as a Lean Facilitator. Eventually, I have no doubt that I will obtain a Master’s Social Work (MSW) degree then become a Licensed Counselor Social Worker (LCSW) so that I can provide mental health counseling to adults in a community setting (focusing on depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy).
I now have five people on my care team. Three friends, my counselor, and my psychiatrist. I now know that sometimes the best people to have in my life are friends because they are more like family to me than my own family.
At home therapy consists of three furry-babies: Snip 18yo cat; Sway 7mo puppy; and, Gizmo 4yo chinchilla). The chinchilla is especially fluffy.
I hope to share my story by posting insight on my struggles. I also hope to help you on your mental health journey by finding happiness in the small victories we accomplish.