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 :)