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That Liz began as Backwards is Better. I created it to embrace my fear of failure by celebrating it and grow my skill set as a writer.
It has evolved into space for me to share my struggles with mental illness, advocate for awareness, discuss current events and share work I’ve written for other platforms.
I always wanted to be a writer but was never certain what to write about. Since early adolescence, I have dealt with depression, anxiety, mood disorders and suicidal ideation. I struggled a lot in high school and eventually dropped out. I quickly slipped into self-destructive behavior, self-medicating on top of prescriptions with excessive consumption of alcohol and toxic codependency that only fueled my mental illness. When I reached my breaking point I earned my GED and enrolled in college. I wanted to learn how to be a better writer and a better human in general. I needed the support and structure. I still struggle with mental illness, but I’m learning to live with it and I’m starting to love the person I’m becoming.
It’s important for me to contribute and give back to the community that gave me so much. Content on That Liz will highlight mental health topics, news, issues to help break the stigma and reassure people that they aren’t alone.