Therese is one of the amazing Yise women who has changed my life for the better. She is astoundingly open with and accepting of her own faults as well as others. I can always count on Therese to tell it like it is. Which usually has me at least, bug eyed and jaw dropped! Everybody should have a friend like Therese!
From as far back as childhood I have struggled with my identity, I never felt I fitted in anywhere, a square peg in a round hole.
To numb and escape these feelings I turned to addiction, ending up spending years living on the streets. Following a near fatal overdose, I realized I had no-one left to blame for how I felt about myself, I was alone and felt a loneliness inside that I hope to never need to experience again. I was at a crossroads in my life, but realized that if I chose to live, I would need to accept myself for exactly who I was without reservation.
Accepting myself has been the hardest decision I have made, and each day I need to remind myself of where I have been and where I could go if I become complacent.
I try to keep things simple, not project too far into the future, and do something everyday that I find difficult or challenging.
A year and a half ago, for the first time in my life, I joined a gym, where I met the most inspiring group of women I have had the honor to become acquainted with and a few I consider to be my friends. The benefits have been life changing; I have a routine and a reason to get up in the morning. My social skills have improved, and my struggles with self worth, self doubt and poor body image are not so overwhelming.
I have developed a sense of belonging and getting fitter is helpful too!!!
I strive to be open, honest and mindful in case I am the only book; that someone who’s struggling could be reading.