#BlackGirlHealing: “By Varying Lengths Of Thread I Continued To Hang On”
Growing up, I saw the image of women being not only backbones, but essentially feeling an obligation to be the proverbial martyr for their families. This usually came at the expense of their wellness.
Not only did I witness this daily within the confines of my household, I understood that the women in my family were not unique in this way.
Throughout my community I saw the same scenario playing out. Even at a young age, I understood the dysfunction of this epidemic, but was desensitized to the gravity of it. Still, without change, I was destined to repeat it.
At the age of 13 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Along with this chronic autoimmune disorder, I have also battled degrees of depression and anxiety. By varying lengths of thread, I continued to hang on. Mostly suffering in silence, I had grown accustomed to being functionally depressed.