Sarah s Story
Reno, NV USA
"Depression and anxiety had been with me since high school, tightly reined in and brushed off as fatigue from the kind of packed schedule that only someone who equates worth with productivity keeps. It was only during my junior year of college that the control began to crumble.
Weeks into the spring semester, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, gaining weight suddenly as a side effect.
As a dancer, preparing for the residency of a lifetime with a prestigious modern dance company from New York, I panicked. And, before I knew it, I was eating only one meal per day, and purging straight after. Then, a casual dating relationship became abusive and all-consuming.
By the fall semester of my senior year, I was a broken-down mess of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and an eating disorder. Long story short, after months of isolating and self-harm, I was finally convinced by my partner to seek help.
Two years later and I have graduated Magna Cum Laude, just finished trauma treatment, and began graduate school in January.
It’s been a long, hard road, and I still have some ways to go, but now there is hope."