Hi, I’m Claudia! I’m in my twenty’s, a clinical psychologist, advocate for mental health and a single mother currently living in Guatemala City. I am an eating disorders warrior, a battle which began when I was 14 years old, a consequence from a sexual abuse that later led me into drugs and depression.
I struggled gravely during my teen years. I became so unstable that I was admitted into rehab in 2006 in California for my battle with bulimia, depression and suicidal idealization. I believed I would never get better and that slowly and painfully I would drown in my own darkness. I didn’t realize it in that moment, but a seed of healing was planted then, and though it has taken years and years to grow and blossom, I can proudly say that recovery is a real thing.
I am here to share my story, my life… the good, the bad and the ugly. To be a reminder, an inspiration and a testimony that recovery is possible, that self-acceptance and self-love may be the hardest thing to learn and practice, but possible. That even though you think you can do it alone, you’ cant. You need others, you need God. Until you stop hiding who you are and what you’re struggling with, you won’t heal. No matter how messy and dark your past has been, it does not define your future and God can transform the bad into blessings. I’ve learned that I no longer have to carry my past as a story of shame, but a story of hope and recovery, and you can do the same.
I hope this blog dares you to be vulnerable, to connect with others as we embrace everything that we are. I write because it heals. I write because it helps others open up, I write because I’m on a quest to tear down the false beliefs of vulnerability, because being vulnerable does not mean being weak, but will be the bravest thing you will ever do.
with courage and love,