CONQUER CRIPPLING CONDITIONS, EXCEED EXPECTATIONS
FROM PROBLEM TO PROFIT
The story I want to share is filled with problems – challenge, as I like to call them now. They began early and grew with time, as is always the case when a challenge is tackled without being properly informed. However, my story has a triumphant end and my message is a positive one. It gets better.
Warning signs began in my kindergarten years, but I was diagnosed at the age of 13. Doctors called my condition a “cockail of mental issues”. A severe case of OCD and psychosis, mixed with symptoms of depression and outbursts of extreme anger, creating a bitter flavour, one I tasted daily. Once a student with perfect grades, my performance declined steeply, as the constant war in my own mind drained my motivation. I coped by hiding and overindulging in food. I became morbidly obese, weighing over 130 kg (287 lbs) at he height of 170 cm (5.57 feet), lacking the will for anything but vegetating in my bubble of isolated escapism.
I spent my days under a blanket, covering even my head and sleeping throughout the day, as well as the following night, due to being utterly drained by the enormous dosage of medication I had to take back then. Nobody, not even professionals thought there was any point in me continuing my education. They were all convinced that I was doomed to remain a dependent vegetable for the rest of my life.
In the video above, you can see my creativity beginning to reawaken. My physical and mental condition were still far from minimally acceptable, but it was a big step forward for back then.
As you can tell, they were wrong. I finished my education, but that was just the beginning. Now, age 25, I live a happy, fulfilling, sustainable life, dedicatedly exercising 5-6 days a week and training in martial arts.
My mental problems could’ve been prevented if we acted earlier, so now, I make it my mission to spread the right information and fight stigma, make people unafraid to honestly confront their challenges.
I wish to reach out to as many people as possible and let them know that, no matter how horrific their problems are, they can still come out of it all strong, happy, and fulfilled. There are no unsolvable problems, only solutions that require persevirence, hard work, and most importantly, smart work.