From Bullied to Beauty

Jamie_gabriel

Jamie's Story

USA

Age: 16-24

A little bit about my journey:

My Diagnosis

Complex PTSD, selective muteness, Autism Spectrum, Sensory Processing Disorder, social anxiety, general anxiety, depression

Time to Get Diagnosed

PTSD fairly quick after trauma, Autism took 18 years

Year I was Diagnosed

PTSD/anxiety/depression: September 2017 Autism: June 13, 2019

Sending Love to

My therapist and psychiatrist

Hospital I'd Recommend

This is my story:

I was bullied from a very young age. On top of that, everything I tried out for, I was told I wasn’t good enough. I had one happy place-theatre! My symptoms began in August 2017-I had nightmares that theatre would exclude me as well. Then September 1, 2017, those nightmares came true. I was put in ensemble for the musical. I broke. I became terrified of a former best friend, because she got a lead. To this day, I can’t hear songs or watch movies that remind me of the trauma. I was constantly in the hospital. I lost the very few friends I had. I had no fight left in me. Flash forward to May 5, 2018. The day I got Gabriel, my service dog, and my guardian angel. I absolutely love him. He is my lifeline, and best friend. Because of him, I went to an arts charter school my senior year. I graduated with high honors and as a member of National Honor Society. Because of him, I am now attending my dream college. I even am majoring in theatre with a Special Education endorsement, and plan on teaching high school theatre and having plays just for special needs students.

Let’s play 20 questions:

The song that keeps me going is:
Stronger and Overcomer both by Mandissa
I never leave home without my:
Service Dog
My go-to feel better movie is: 
Descendants
If I was in the hospital, the celebrity I would most love to visit me would be:
Savannah Lebrant
When I need to relax, I:
Cuddle my service dog
My favorite food is:
Broadway Chicken
The quote that keeps me going is:
I can do all things through Christ
When I need a laugh, I:
Play with my service dog
Meet my pets (or favorite stuffed animal):
Gabriel-my service dog
My hero is:
My service dog
When I’m having a down day I binge watch:
Descendants
My favorite book to get lost in is:
Cole and Savannah Labrant’s love story
I want to be best friends with:
Savannah Lebrant
The thing I’m most proud of:
Going to college
The most wonderfully unexpected thing that has happened to me as a result of this journey is:
Made friends on my service dog’s Instagram
The most hilarious thing that has happened to me is:
It really means a lot when someone does this:
Says they are praying for me
My favorite social media account to follow is:
@em.the.warrior or @servicedoghank (same person)
The advice I would give to myself back at the beginning of this journey would be:
Don’t give up.
Words of encouragement that I’d give to my fellow warriors are
All things are possible through Christ
Follow my journey: @service.angel.gabriel on Instagram

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