I've struggled with depression and addiction since I was 14 years old. I have attempted suicide multiple times in my life, as an adolescent and as an adult. I have spent years battling a horrible eating disorder and gender identity issues. At one point I was homeless living out of my car as a result of my depression and addiction.
These last few years I’ve worked hard to put my life back together. My career in the health and wellness field has given me purpose. It’s time for me to pay forward the gift of life that has so freely been given back to me. It’s time to expand my scope and take my efforts worldwide to end the stigma associated with mental illness.
I’ve been sober and abstinent from my eating disorder since 2010. This is the longest period in my life that I have been clean. It is through my personal road to recovery that has led me to form Tangible Movement.
For over 18 years of my life I was conditioned to believe I wasn't worthy of a lot of things especially love. It's taken me a long time to come to terms with this. I don't remember the first time I was physically abused but I remember the first time I saw it happen to someone else and I didn't do anything to stop it. I was ashamed. I remained quiet about my abuse for years. It wasn't until my first year in high school that I was forced to deal with it. I suffered from depression, body issues, self-esteem issues and suicidal tendencies. So many people extended their support - teachers, coaches, peers and strangers.
Today I am empowered along with our team, to provide real tools and unconditional support for our youth. Let's break the cycle!
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My brother died 3 years ago from alcoholism at the age of 39. To this day I struggle to forgive him. He had such a big support system around him - my parents, my sisters, his girlfriend. He never reached out and asked for help. My father had passed 3 months before that. I’d like to think that I could’ve made a difference had I reached out more. As an entertainment photographer I see and photograph many celebrities who suffer in silence but very publicly. Sadly, many didn’t find the help they needed. Addiction of any sort is a disease and if we start to show compassion and try to understand more maybe we can change things around for so many.
Welcome to Tangible Movement.
From the time I was a young child to my mid 20’s I suffered from abuse and drug/alcohol addiction.
For a long time I accepted that I was likely not going to live to see the age of 30.
My best friend died of an overdose when I was 16 and then my partner died in a psychiatric facility when I was 26.
I was completely submerged in depression/anxiety and feeling completely alone in the world.
I was at a crossroads in my life and I made a conscious decision to create my own reality.
I feel so grateful that I finally realized I was in charge of my life – not my abusers, or the drugs or my inner demons.
After a huge move across the country, my career took off and my mental health improved.
I have learned to not only cope with my struggles, but to shine with them.
When I heard about Tangible Movement – I immediately identified and truly feel like if I had a similar support system when I was younger it would have had a huge positive impact on my life.
To reach even just one young adult out there can be a matter of life and death.
This is what drives me to be part of Tangible Movement.