Years of abuse on the body, extreme dieting, extreme training not really thinking about the body from the inside out left fitness pro Felicia Romero in a dark place. “I think there were times in my life where the stress, depression, anxiety was so severe it triggered all of these issues.”
Bruce St. James, radio host of KTAR News, struggled with depression for years before being pushed to find a solution. St. James’ boss recognized the problem at stake, along with St. James’ co-workers and decided he would not allow St. James back into work until he received the help he needed.
She suffered a stroke at age 25 and it rocked her world. But Darlene Santore didn’t stay down for long. Despite depression and health obstacles, Darlene figured out a way to turn that pain into purpose. Now she teaches others to do the same.
“All of us should pay attention to our emotional well being just like we pay attention to our physical well being.” Barbara Van Dahlen, named to TIME magazine’s 2012 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, is the founder and president of Give an Hour.
It may seem crazy. But then again dreams don’t always make sense. “This idea is three women who really didn’t know that this was going to happen,” says Christine Robertson, CEO of Luca Magazine.
“I was bullied as a kid and I had low self-esteem because of it. I was made fun of because of my weight and it just sort of escalated.” Carrie Severson spent eight long years of her childhood being harassed, bullied and severely depressed. “I had to leave my hometown, discover who I was and figure out a way out of the darkness on my own.”