1) Tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up in south Jersey, but I’ve lived in Philly, New York City, Boston, and London. I’m the oldest of five girls, and my sisters are everything to me. Right now I’m teaching preschool, but my dream is to be a novelist, and I always chase my dreams.
2) How has mental illness affected your life?
Every day I’m aware of the fact that I have a filter over all of my experiences. I process the world very differently than the people around me. My mental illnesses have held me back, but I’m learning to be strong, and I’m learning how to use my different experiences to push me forward.
3) Why did you want to be part of This is My Brave?
I love sharing my experiences with people because every time I do, people tell me how inspiring they find my honesty and openness. Talking about this is how I hold myself accountable, how I keep myself from relapse.
4) What inspires you to stay mentally healthy?
I’ve always wanted to be a mom, and I know I can’t do that unless I’m taking my meds, following my meal plan, and talking about how I’m feeling. I think of my daughters, and I push through the hard times for them, even though they don’t exist yet.
5) What do you hope the audience takes away from the show?
I hope the audience learns something new. I hope they walk away with a new perspective. I hope they have more empathy, more compassion, more understanding, and more sensitivity, because I know that’s something that everyone is capable of—they just have to be exposed to the truths of the world to get there.
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