BENEFITING: NAMI Soutwestern Pennsylvania
EVENT DATE: Jan 25, 2015
I am running my 1st full marathon to spread awareness and to raise funds for NAMI, the National Alliance for Mental Illness.
I have chosen to share my story to inspire others and help people understand that these challenges are real, common, and treatable.
For many years I felt alone because I was trying to hide what was happening to me from my family and friends. I was angry, depressed, embarrassed and ashamed that I could not heal myself. I felt utterly alone most of the time, even in a crowded room while engaged in conversation. I believed for a long time that this feeling was a weakness in character and that it was all in my head. The only solution was to keep busy, working endless hours to avoid feeling the pit in my stomach. I felt it was my fault for feeling this way and the guilt began to mount to an unbearable level.
It took many years and the ability to swallow my pride in order to realize that I needed help. Once I accepted assistance, I was fortunate to have a network of therapists available to me that could address my concerns. My therapist gave me the hope I was so desperately seeking.
The haze lifted to reveal a new day, a renewed life filled with endless possibilities. I now look forward to every sunrise knowing that everyday is another chance to start over and live life to the fullest.
Please join me in raising awareness for mental illness and aid those in need. Your donation will provide support, education, and resources to help those living with mental illness and all proceeds will be donated to NAMI, the National Alliance for Mental Illness.
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.
Thank you for your generous support!
"Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves." - Henry David Thoreau