“We don’t need to understand to offer understanding…I have struggled with debilitating anxiety since I was 6 years old. This coupled with other challenges, including the loss of my mother at a young age, has affected nearly every aspect of my life. I hit rock bottom and plunged into a serious depression when I went off to college and have worked hard since to become the individual I am today. It takes daily dedication and perseverance to maintain. I believe the adversity I have endured has made me stronger, and I love using this strength to educate and help others who may be facing similar challenges. It is my mission to inspire self-love, acceptance, and understanding.”