I've written about my PTSD before, I've mentioned it in interviews, and have briefly brought it up in some of my speeches; but I tend to refer to it as something I've overcome, or something of the past that was challenging so I did some therapy and that's that. It isn't quite that simple though, and sometimes I wish it was. PTSD, and the depression and anxiety that come along with it, are always part of my life.
I can't change my past or how it's affected me, but I can learn to cope with it. I think a big part of that is accepting that it is part of my life and learning to work with it instead of using all my energy to fight against it. I love this quote from one of Brene Brown's books:
Like I mention in the video below, I never thought depression or anxiety or mental illness could possibly be real... but I've definitely learned that I was VERY wrong, and it's not something you can completely understand until you've experienced it yourself. So I think I'd like to talk about it more, because it's a conversation that really needs to be had more often. Our mental health is just as important as our physical health. Our mind and body are so closely connected.
I didn't think I would be sharing this speech, but I think it's important that I do. I didn't know my mom would be recording it, it's a bit cut off at the beginning (basically I was just talking about my love for Smarties haha), and my mom got a bit shaky because she had no idea I was going to be so honest and open. But here it is.
And here's some photos from the event...I had an amazing time!