Candy Aponte lives in Southern California with her husband of almost 15 years and three dogs. She is passionate about Mental Health because of her relationship with it and witnessing its impact on other lives. Personal diagnoses include Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, ADHD and General Anxiety. She’s a survivor of suicide and childhood sexual trauma. She teaches yoga, loves volunteer work, and enjoys cooking. She likes to challenge herself to learn new things and recently created a website to blog recipes. She is a self-taught home cook that enjoys making Paleo and Vegan meals from scratch. Candy has enjoyed writing since she was a teenager but struggled with it after her diagnoses. Until recently when she found inspiration from other advocates and bloggers. She hopes this is just the beginning of her accomplishments as a writer. She wants this essay to help someone else feel less alone and provide them with hope. Support her current, and future endeavors, support her voice and let her know what you think with yours.