I was on my Junior year at college when I got diagnosed with Dysthymia (PDD) at the beginning of the year. I had always been an honor student, graduating Valedictorian from High School and accepted to one of the best schools for Industrial and Sustainable Design in the world, with almost full scholarship, the Savannah College of Art and Design.
But because of my condition, I lost 2 semesters of college and had to withdraw. I came home, began my treatment and battled long and hard since then to overcome it.
After struggling for several months, I finally conquered my condition and went back to being the active, focused, and dedicated person I've always been. I am healthy again and ready to go back to my 4.0 GPA and finish my last year of college! But one thing is missing...
My parents had invested all their efforts to save just enough for me to complete my degree abroad. But now that I've lost a year and my scholarship because of my disorder, they don't have enough to help my go back and finally graduate.
I have been struggling since I got back on my feet to make ends meet and save enough to leave at the end of the year; I undertook two part-time jobs and tried to start my own small business. I work over 12 hours every day apart from helping my siblings with homework, doing house chores, and taking care of my mom. But with just two minimum-wage salaries it will take me forever to save enough.
Even with the little time I have, I try to dedicate as much time as possible to collect funds for a children's local charity, and sometimes go off to another province for days at a time as part of different environmental campaigns to plant trees or clean beaches (ecology is vocation).
I know that eventually I will make it one way or another, but with a little help, I will be able to fulfill my dream and get my degree on my biggest passion, and so invest myself in creating new things to protect our planet and save our environment.
So family, friends, kind strangers... Your support would mean everything to me, even if it is just by sharing my story on your social media... You have no idea how much that would help as well.
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about my situation, and may God bless you tremendously!