Testimonies

Demi Lishman Testimony

Leah Casciano

Tags anxiety, awareness, life in recovery, mental health, overcome, recovery, sobriety

Demi Lishman Testimony

I always had an excessive nature even as a kid; I remember turning light switches on and off fourteen times before I could leave a room, push coasters in two inches from each corner of the coffee table, and counted all the silver cars on our street every morning.At 14 I developed an eating disorder which was all-consuming in every aspect of my daily life. I missed out on every social event, every date, every first kiss I should have had with someone because instead, I was too busy counting calories on the back of a box of raisins. I...


Megan Mullins and GRITrx

Megan Mullins and GRITrx

We've come across many different types of people doing incredible things in our community. Megan is someone who reached out wanting to share what she has started to reach out to our young generation who struggle with mental health illnesses. ------- I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of MD as well as ACE Certified Personal Trainer and CrossFit L1 coach at CrossFit Equity/Equity Strength and Conditioning. Full time, I am a therapist at Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services where I work mainly with teenagers.I myself am diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and have struggled with...


Tori Bacheller

Tori Bacheller

I was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa when I was 13 years old & was in treatment for most, if not all, of my adolescence. I was hospitalized twice & told by numerous doctors & therapists that I was a "chronic case." Every doctor I saw told me I couldn't dance, play soccer or go to the gym. They used my love of exercise & sports as a punishment & banned me from all sorts of physical activity. I was miserable, angry, sullen & more determined than ever to be the chronic case they said I was. After going back &...


Whitney Siltman Testimony

Whitney Siltman Testimony

If it wasn't for crossfit and the community i've found in it, I'd be dead. I'm coming up on my 2 year sobriety date here in December. Also haven't touched a razor blade and harmed myself in that time frame too. I realized if i was going to quit cutting, I'd have to completely remove the other crutches I was using, and alcohol was one of them. it wasn't too long after that I started seeing a therapist because I knew I couldn't handle it alone. between suicidal nights and the brutal mental beatings, it just wasn't going to work....


Kelly Hempfling Testimony

Kelly Hempfling Testimony

Since I was a young child I have struggled with anxiety and depression. I can vividly remember countless times where I had missed opportunities because I was too riddled with anxiety, and constantly seeking reasons to live. This previous year the darkness had reached an all time low when my fiancé and I ended our engagement, and I was rejected from the graduate program I so desperately wanted for the second time. I was forced to uproot from Boston and move to New York, away from a life I worked so hard to build. I was finding it harder and...