Callie s Story

Virginia, USA


"After I graduated high school at the age of 18 years old, I thought that I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I decided to enlist in the United States Army. Little did I know, at the time, that, for me, this would be one of the biggest mistakes I would make.


I was verbally abused to the point that I no longer wanted to live in a world that felt so cruel. About a month into my basic training, I attempted to take my own life by shooting myself. As one could guess I was medically discharged from the Army and was sent home.


I started therapy, which had a very rocky start. I was in denial that I tried to kill myself. I was in denial of what I went through while I was at basic training.


After several long months, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, severe anxiety and depression, as well as extreme PTSD.


This story was two years ago. I am now in college doing something that makes me happy. I'm telling you this because, if you are struggling right now, it does get easier. I'm not perfect and still have my bad days. However, I am alive and able to tell my story to help others.


Life is worth living. I am so thankful to be here today because I experienced more than I could have ever imagined. You can't let life knock you down. Instead, you knock it down and show the world what you can do."