Mental - @thechronicallyunimaginable

“Hi, my name is Jordyn, I live in Flagstaff, AZ, and I wear white to raise awareness for invisible and mental illnesses. I have struggled with anxiety for my entire life and was unable to receive treatment until 8 years ago. Around that time, I also began to become chronically ill. Raising awareness is very important for me, because of the way mental health and invisible conditions are currently treated in the medical field. People seem to go on the consensus of "if you cannot see it, it doesn't exist". These past 8 years, I have had to fight my way through mountains of stigma and unbelief, to receive help. Some of the invisible illnesses I have are rare. They include, but are not limited to: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Erythromelalgia, Hereditary Lymphedema, and POTS. The mental health conditions I deal with include, but are not limited to: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Depression, and OCD. While I am mostly homebound and at times bedbound, I will not stop my efforts in raising awareness. My hope is that one day, a person can get treatment without fear of judgment. I want them to be able to access care and have options available to them. My story is a long and arduous one, too long to completely recount here. However, I can say that having invisible/and or mental illnesses does not define you. That is why I love these AWARE necklaces so much. It allows someone to raise awareness in a way that is comfortable. You do not have to march on the streets of Washington to bring awareness to your condition/cause. These necklaces are a perfect way to start. Always remember, you may have these illnesses, but they do not get to have you.” @thechronicallyunimaginable

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