I went to USC with a major in Communication. In addition, I went to UT in Austin, TX for my Graduate degree in Media Studies and Cultural Studies. I had a career as a Project Manager at KEMA, a global energy consultancy company.
During this time I developed schizoaffective disorder. This turned my world upside down. I could no longer work and went into the hospital.
After trying many medications I have finally found one which took away my symptoms. No one (from the outside) can "tell" that I have a mental illness.
I also know what it's like to have Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and agoraphobia. These illnesses have also been minimized because of proper medication, support, staying healthy and exercising. I treated the agoraphobia for the most part due to exposure therapy.
I currently volunteer for Crisis Text Line, and also volunteer for Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America answering calls. I've been asked to lead a new conference call for them.
Currently, I'm studying to become a Medical Assistant so I'm taking online courses but I'm taking it slow--only one or two classes a semester.
I love helping people, it has given me purpose.