With a sister who was a long time addict, who committed suicide in 2017, a husband who bravely and productively lives with PTSD, and a personal history of my own demons and PTSD, I am a huge advocate for holistic medical care, and bringing awareness to mental healthcare improvement. Psychiatric nursing is where my heart is drawn. I have a long history of personal experiences with the difficulties of chemical dependency and mental health disorders. I truly believe that we shouldn’t be conditioned to think that mental illness is a weakness, and that it is something to be looked down on. We need to be educating the world that everything is connected and our minds need to be treated with the same concern as the rest of our body.
My father was in the Navy. My bonus dad served in the ARMY. My sister was a wonderful, creative, compassionate human being. And I do this for them.