I recently joined the Beauty Revived, a photography movement that celebrates real beauty by donating photography sessions to women who exhibit qualities of true strength and beauty.
Meet Grace! Grace was nominated for Beauty Revived's "America's 50 Most Beautiful Women." From the moment I met Grace, you would never know her struggles. She met me with a huge smile and wore it through our entire session! She truly is a beautiful person.
Here is her story: (written by Corey Brausch)
As a young college student, Grace wakes up every morning and takes depression head on. She is 22 and about to graduate from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She has struggled with depression since she was 15 when she was put on medication and stopped attending school. She was then sent to a mental health facility due to suicidal thoughts and ideation. Throughout it all, she has remained a strong person. In the fall of 2015, she was sent to a behavioral health unit again. “I am not quite sure how I got through to this point with all the suicidal thoughts I have had, but apparently, I am meant to be here,” she said. “My family, friends, and teachers have all supported me throughout the years and I am eternally grateful.”
Today, she is able to better cope with life. Growing up and being a psychology major helps her understand things better. “I can’t help but apply things on myself and then overanalyze myself and others around me. It’s my nature now,” she said.
Grace still struggles with depression and anxiety but things are looking better for her. She realizes her life isn’t perfect and that it doesn’t have to be. “Yes, my relationship with my parents and siblings is not perfect. Yes, I still struggle in school, because I am trying to graduate in 2015. I am in no way perfect but the beautiful thing about that… is that it is okay,” she says.
She thanks the people in her life for getting her to the point she is today. She has found comfort in her parents, friends, family, teachers, counselors, her boyfriend, sorority sisters and new newfound faith in God. “You are loved and important, even if it doesn’t feel like it. You have purpose; you just have to open up the doors of your heart and mind to receive it.”