At the young age of 12, mental illness began to affect me; that is when everything changed and became complicated. My childhood, worry-free and fully immersed within my family and my friendships, would change forever. Life would never be the same again, as I headed towards a future of uncertainty and confusion. It would ultimately lead to eventual demise, and life as I once knew it would never be the same again. It would take a miracle to get back on track.

Having gone through so much in my life while struggling with illness, I have come to realize the utmost importance of having people by your side during difficulties. Reach out to a parent, a friend, a loved one. Reach out to me, to anyone. There are always people to talk to. Talking is life saving. -Chris Nihmey