My story is one of new beginnings. In the past year I’ve made huge changes in many areas of my life. I quit my previous job in marketing and am back in school to become a doctor. I finally made the decision to put my health first and let go of lingering anorexia issues. I moved cities, started a new relationship, and have an entirely new, exciting life in front of me. I am in no way where I thought I’d be at 26, but I am happier than ever and exciting about the future.
2. What woman inspires you and why?
My mother. She is my absolute hero. My mom is an incredibly passionate pediatrician, yet somehow found the time to volunteer, take care of the house, raise three kids, and make dinners every night. I admire how much she enjoys her job as an adolescent medicine specialist, and her love for her career is part of what inspired me to make a career change toward medicine as well. I hope to be half the loving, fun, smart woman that my mother is.
3. What are three things you’re thankful for.
My health. I am so grateful to have made great strides in recovery and not have any lasting effects of my previous anorexia. My health has given me my vibrancy and energy back, and I do not take it for granted.
Wonderful friends that help me be a stronger, better, more loving person every day.
4. What is one lesson you’ve learned that you can share with Polish My Crown readers?
Opening up about things that I struggle with and making myself vulnerable has been one of the most beneficial, scary things I’ve ever done. I believe that hiding our issues only makes them appear shameful and embarrassing, and sharing your story can help others relate and find encouragement. I have made so many friends, met so many incredibly people, and been given many opportunities because of honesty about my struggle with eating and mental health.