I have struggled from childhood with severe bipolar disorder; because of health reasons, I developed physical problems. Due to the malnutrition I accrued upon my body, by age 16, I had developed osteoporosis and required hospitalization; my body was in shambles. In 2001, my father suddenly passed away (suicide); unfortunately I did not handle this well and resigned myself to living an unhealthy lifestyle and cared little about my life. In 2003, at age 23, I found myself barely alive on life support as the result of a suicide attempt.. At this point I was EXTREMELY addicted to alcohol and drugs. I then spent the next year struggling to move or make noise and have spent the last 15 years learning how to speak and walk again. At age 27, my health was at an all-time low, and I, once again, found myself in the hospital. My guardianship were relinquished to my mother (I had proven I could not live healthily on my own); as a grown adult, it was very humbling and in the next day I became determined to do anything necessary to become a member of society; not to find myself again (I never really knew myself to begin with), but to discover Arlyn, as it were. I began with intensive hospitalization for a few months to nourish my body, and followed with extensive counseling and nutrition work. I oscillated quite a bit (I’m far from perfect) and 2013 practiced unhealthy habits. In December, 2013 I recommitted myself to living healthy and vegetarian (primarily vegan) and resigned myself to the fact that if I focus on one thing: Medicine, nutrition, my problems, etc., something will flair up. Life is all about balance. While learning about nutrition, I came to view food not as the enemy, but as that which sustains and brings nutrients and love and life to my body. I went back to school recently and became a personal trainer, regardless of physical obstacles. I should note here that I have become a posterchild for the power of healthy living and have defied all prognoses. All of my many doctors are simply baffled by my health today. I also worked at GNC from 2014-2018, and found a kindred spirit in a fellow vegetarian that worked there. Currently, I am involved with Arbonne and freelance blogging. By having a clean body and proper nutrition, my osteoporosis and health, which I was told by medical professionals, would only get worse, have markedly IMPROVED. I have better labs than most teenagers and never get sick, except for the physical repercussions of my past. Today, I choose to be the best me possible!