For a few years after college, I worked at a hospital as I applied to medical school, and once I got into medical school the stress made my drinking increase significantly.
Depression and anxiety, which had always been present in my life, got worse. I kept it all tightly under wraps. I left medical school at the end of my third year because I couldn’t keep it all going.
After a failed marriage, two DUIs, and one failed attempt at treatment, I chose to seek help for a second time. I started to dig into what was behind my drinking and mental health and learned to get to know myself in ways I hadn’t before. I learned about my need to control things, and how that made me believe I could be two steps ahead of everything. I learned about how that mindset and my upbringing led me to believe that I can handle anything, without talking about it to anyone.
Today, I have a family here at Herren Wellness. I’m able to stand tall and walk through things with the support of people who understand.
One of the things I love most about Herren Wellness is that they provide a safe, loving space for guests to explore – both mentally and physically. The campus is beautiful, and the guests have the literal and figurative freedom and ability to stretch, grow, and learn.
I believe the ability to explore physically opens the mind to be able to explore mentally, and Herren Wellness provides that space.
When I work with guests, I know how they feel because I have been there. Staff and guests are all part of the same community, which is also unique to Herren Wellness. We are all part of each other’s journey.
There is nothing more beautiful and important to me than being part of a guest’s transformation. It’s an honor and privilege to be part of it. I walk with guests as they grow through their discomfort and fear, and I bear witness as their internal light grows brighter and brighter.