I've always been hesitant to share my story for fear of judgement. Today, I'm proud to share it because the strength I gained has brought me here.
As a child, I grew up with a mother who suffered from multiple personality and bi-polar disorder, manic depression and anxiety. I grew up watching her take pill after pill and attempt suicide on many occasions. I was forced to move out of my home at an early age grow up quickly. I found it hard to cope with life. I began to suffer from depression, anxiety and self-harm.
I turned to running as my only outlet and fell in love with it. My senior year in high school I quit running and became very depressed. I sought help from a medical professional who prescribed me xanax in hopes of finding peace in my life again.
Things didn't get any easier. I started self-medicating and my problems got worse. I became addicted to the medication and spiraled down hill. I'd lost all hope that life would get better and I'd lost my passion for life.
Eventually I turned to my family for help and completed a medically supervised detox followed up with intensive outpatient program to finally work through the emotions that I'd been avoiding. I met my husband soon after and I began running again.
Having the support I needed and a positive outlet gave me the strength to take on life again. Today, I'm a college graduate, a wife, mom, and endurance athlete. I fully believe that my training gave me the ability to succeed in life. I relied on it to relieve my stress instead of medication.
I've completed countless half-marathons and triathlons. This year I'm taking on a life-long goal of an Ironman. Crossing that finish line means so much more than just becoming an Ironman; it means that I am so much stronger than my addiction ever was.
I am raising funds and awareness for Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization committed to protecting our loved ones from addiction to prescription and illicit drugs and alcohol and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease.
our support helps expand their efforts to support prevention, treatment, rescue and recovery of addiction.
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