30 Bananas a Day!

I officially took the next step in my HCRV journey! My name is Sarah but I will go by the name Luna, in memory of my favorite pet rat :( I live in East Tennessee! If there is anyone here who also lives in East TN I would love to meet you! I am 25 years old and I love to hike, canoe, run.

Here is my story and I will try to be brief! I began on my journey 2 months ago. I found this path while I was searching for a natural alternative to combat depression and anxiety. I was diagnosed with Bipolar type II in 2013. I was physically sick from taking medications and I grew tired of being a slave. Before that diagnosis, I was diagnosed with anorexia in 2006 and bulimia in 2008. I was 15 when I got drunk for the first time. This continued all through middle school, high school, and finally college. I was smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for over for over 6 years. I was basically destroying my own body, not caring in the slightest about anything.

I have hurt my family and friends, I hurt myself physically and emotionally, took many trips to the ER, drove drunk, gotten a DUI, been raped, embarrassed myself beyond words, taken advantage of others and others have done the same to me, I have lied and stole from others. I gambled with my life regularly. I hated me.

The rape and sitting in jail because of my DUI made me want to change. I began attending AA meetings and a 5 week rehab program. Broke up with my alcoholic boyfriend at the time. This was not over night! Where I am now has been achieved by small baby steps.

Currently, I no longer drink or smoke, went back to finish my animal science degree and while I was there, found my soul mate :) I stopped taking prescription medications all together. I discovered that I love running and being in nature. I began watching what I ate. But now instead of eating to be thin, I eat for mental health and physical strength. So far I have a new found mental clarity that I thought I would never feel again. I have not had a panic attack or manic episode since I began 2 months ago. My skin is clearing up and I lost a few pounds to boot. I cannot explain how grateful I am to have found this lifestyle and this movement. I am honored to have become a fellow fruitbat.

Peace, Love, & Stay Strong :)

Luna 

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Comment by Luna on February 20, 2015 at 10:28pm

Thank you, everyone! Your kind words mean so much to me :) 

Comment by Jodesmode on February 20, 2015 at 3:46pm

Wow, what amazing obstacles you've overcome. You're an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story Luna.

xo

Comment by Mara Martins on February 18, 2015 at 8:58pm

Your story is pretty damn inspiring :)

Comment by Georgia Scott on February 17, 2015 at 3:44pm

Wow Luna...your story brought tears to my eyes :'( You have come such a long way...congratulations :) You have found the right path in veganism. Good luck with everything! 

p.s. I have a friend rat named Caramel Mousse...she has been a constant source of love and joy to us over the last 3 years. She is the sweetest creature on earth. I am sorry for your loss of Luna and understand how much you must miss him/her :'( 

Comment by Luna on February 17, 2015 at 11:03am

Thank you Frantz and ednshell! Nashville tn is roughly 3.5 hours from Knoxville but it is wonderful to get to meet you! Have a great day you guys!

Comment by Frantz on February 17, 2015 at 5:52am

Wow what a journey! I live in Nashville. Don't know how close it's to your part of TN. Best of luck and keep sharing your experience!

Comment by ednshell on February 17, 2015 at 5:07am

Welcome to 30BaD Luna! :)  What a beautiful and inspiring first post! :) 

Since you are a LOTR fan, you may enjoy this sweet post: the new lothlorien

Cheers!

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