Our warrior for July is Faye Bird! Faye is 21 years old and is fighting Anorexia Nervosa, body dysmorphic disorder, self-injury, and severe anxiety. She has previously struggled with Major Depressive Disorder and dissociation. Faye has been struggling with other mental illnesses since she was twelve, spending a third of her life in treatment centers and hospitals before the age of nineteen.
Despite her battle, in recovery, for the first time, Faye has begun to find hobbies and passions! These include modern dance, rugby, drawing, hiking, writing poetry, laughing with friends, and reminding those she cares for how grateful she is that they are in her life!
Faye says, "When times get dark, as they always do sometimes in this life, I remind myself of two things; first, that I am never truly as alone as I feel, and second, that I have survived so much and I undeniably can survive this too. I remind myself that it was the hard moments thus far that have shaped me into the compassionate, deeply-feeling human I am today, and these continued dark times will only make me stronger, more empathetic, and more grateful for this life."
For a long time, Faye struggled thinking about her future, but now she says her life is filled with hope! Faye hopes to one day become a therapist and would love to write a book and publish a book of poetry. She hopes to create small change that lifts the voices of others which might have otherwise been lost.
Faye began sharing her journey on a blog last year (that she says you've probably never heard of, as she had about seven followers), and now she shares her story on Instagram (@fayebirdy88) because she has realized that there is no shame in our stories! There is no shame in the struggle, or the darkness, because the risings she has seen in others have been miraculous. She realized that if she had the power to just make one person feel less alone, it was her duty to do so!
Faye is an absolute inspiration in her own recovery and the desire she has to give back to others! She is truly embodying all it means to be a warrior by bringing hope into her own life and spreading it far and wide! We are so excited to celebrate her this month! Check out her page!