But then, three years later, around the anniversary of several traumatic events, my symptoms of Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder presented with a vengeance; resulting in the most terrifying period of my life. My recovery was made possible because of my decision to seek medical treatment and to accept my mental health diagnosis of PTSD (which initially freaked me out!). I had to work hard to dedicate myself to medication and life-long therapy whenever necessary. Several years later, in an effort to help de-stigmatize issues related to mental illness – and in gratitude for my hard-fought stability – I wrote my book, “NEWYORICANGIRL…Surviving my Spanglish Life.” I wrote my memoir once I realized that helping others is the most essential part of my own healing journey. I continue to share my story of trauma and resilience through advocacy, speaking engagements, book clubs and across all social media platforms with the intention of elevating the conversation regarding mental health.
Together, we can help each other heal. NEWYORICANGIRL