Author – Advocate – Survivor – Huffington Post Blogger – Contributor to The Mighty – Podcast Host
In the summer of 2013, Rebecca faced one of the biggest struggles of her life. After losing both her mom to lung cancer in 2008, and her brother to an accident (on her birthday) in 2011, she felt as if she was drowning. Her physical health continued to deteriorate, and the migraines that were once just a nuisance became a constant. They would sometimes last 6-7 days at a time, and were cause for countless trips to the emergency room.
Trying to pick up the pieces of her life after her mother’s death, she attempted to work a couple of retail positions, but found that she was just unable to work due to her condition. Her depression was just too much to take and she fell apart. She knew there was no way she was going to come back on her own this time. She attempted to take her life and was hospitalized against her will in a horrible place.
Rebecca was released the first week in July. Her PTSD, anxiety, depression, and grief were overwhelming, so she decided to begin writing again. When the words began to flow easier and easier, she decided that she would be willing to turn it into a blog. She hoped others could see her struggle and know that it’s a vicious cycle, but it can be overcome. She desperately wanted it to help her get past all the trauma of these experiences. As her writing went on, she would receive more and more feedback from total strangers, sometimes in other countries, that would thank her for telling her story. They were grateful that because of her, they were now able to get help.
On August 23, 2015, It’s Not Your Journey was released on Amazon.com. Feeling accomplished and proud, Rebecca now hopes to go on and help an even broader audience. Rebecca is now an advocate for mental health, a blogger for the Huffington Post and a podcast host.
She celebrated 15 years of an incredibly happy marriage on August 3, 2016.