The biggest thing I realize is not to be a victim of my mental illness or let my mental illness control me. For years I played victim to my Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety. This started when I took control of my dietary and physical health. I slowly starting walking with my Service Dog around Lake Dillon three years ago and from there gained the confidence to go out and explore Colorado events and activities with my Service Dog. However, this changed when my Service Dog was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease. I was forced to come up with a diet that would prolong her life but it did not stop there. This discovery led me to cooking healthy and nutritional foods to help her Chronic Kidney Disease and my Bipolar Disorder. Now I spend every waking moment showing that a person can go from being mentally disabled to achieving and being successful with their career goals. For me this starts with the Culinary Arts field.
Ever notice that some of the most influential people of our time were mentally ill and/or disabled? Demi Lavato who is a spoke person for Bipolar Disordered. John Nash, a Nobel Prize winner due to his mathematical discoveries had Schizophrenia. Picasso a profound Artist who paintings sell for millions today was mentally ill and Beethoven was deaf and still produced many symphonies that orchestras play today.
This is why I am asking for you to contribute any amount towards my culinary school tuition. I want to follow in their footsteps and use my knowledge and skills to help give low-income families and disabled persons the tools to live a healthy and nutritional life.