I grew up with parents that only wanted the best for my siblings and me. I competed with my siblings in many ways, to try to be as good as they were. I wanted my parents to be proud of me, and to love me. I knew they loved me, but I knew I could be better than I was. I was then on a “mission.” I grew up being depressed, but it became worse in middle school. All the constant comparing, and popularity competitions between friends made it hard for me. I managed to push through to high school. When the summer before my sophomore year came along things got worse for me. I had urges that I had not had before. I had found unhealthy ways to cope with my anxiety and depression. I was slowly destroying my mind and body. Despite how hard things were during that time, somehow it made me feel better. It didn’t take long for my parents to catch on and they sent me to therapy. My therapist said I needed a higher level of treatment, but my parents were tentative to send me to inpatient, so they found Rosewood’s outpatient center. Like my therapist thought, this was not a high enough level of care for me, so I went to Rosewood’s inpatient program. Here I met people just like me who were struggling with the same things. My heart hurt for them, but at the same time there was a sense of comfort. I became very close to the other patients, and I finally began to surrender. Being vegan before going to inpatient made being inpatient even more difficult. It was a battle every day, but I fought. I fought for myself and my family. After inpatient, I went back to outpatient for about 4 months. I can’t even begin to explain the amount of support I received from my treatment team and other patients. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. To this day, I’m happier than I’ve ever been. I am a sophomore in college at ASU. I am still close to the beautiful people I met in treatment, and I’m thankful for them every day. I’m also thankful for the Rosewood alumni coordinator, Shannon. We are able to speak to schools to share our stories and to spread hope and awareness. I’m so thankful for Rosewood and all that they have done for me. They saved my life, and for that I will be forever thankful.