‘Dragons Instead of Butterflies’ By Ani Vanderploeg

My battle with mental illness has not been an easy one. In 2020, my depression and anxiety became so bad that I wasn’t able to leave my room, I went from hardly eating to gorging myself, I slept all day, and my grades were suffering. I was miserable. Now that I’m medicated and doing much better, I wanted to reflect on my experiences and create something beautiful from my suffering.
While I was going through this difficult time, I met my current partner, and the experience of falling in love while wanting to disappear is very unique. He has supported me through some of the worst times of my life, but I’m plagued with the constant reminder that he can’t fix me, and that it is up to me. And I’m working to make myself the best that I can be, not only for him, but for myself and everyone who cares for me.

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