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My story began when I was born with a hearing impairment, which affected my first 15 months of life. Missing the beginning of fundamental sounds, I developed a learning disability diagnosed as Auditory Processing Disorder. I learned to adapt through untraditional ways of studying, starting from grade school. Then, in my junior year of high school, I began to experience chronic and Hemiplegic migraines and seizures. My health and learning issues were challenging, but they would not prevent me from reaching my dreams and goals and living my life.
I am proud to say I graduated with two degrees, both high school and with my associate’s degree, with HONORS!
What led my journey to Exceptional HEROES was in my last year of high school; our school assigned a year-long senior project. I had adopted a therapy rabbit for emotional support with my seizures, so I chose Animal Assisted Therapy with my rabbit as the subject for my project. The goal was to take an uncommon animal and train it to adapt to individuals with special needs, ranging from pre-school to the elderly. The project was a huge success. The assignment was the project that ignited my passion for helping those with disabilities and illnesses. The following year I began my university education in Clinical Child Psychology, emphasizing Animal-Assisted Therapy.
In 2019, during my second year of college, I was attacked and raped on campus and returned home; the world I knew came to a violent halt. My next six months were intense therapy sessions with a renowned International Mental Health and Trauma Therapist, Somiari Fubara. It was through therapy that I began my healing process.
As months progressed, I began to revisit the special needs schools and nursing facilities I volunteered in during my high school years, bringing my trained therapy animals. These weekly visits slowly helped advance my healing from this horrible, traumatic event that stole so much of what I loved of life.
I suffer from PTSD and other anxieties, so I have learned to set practices for my mental safety through several therapeutic grounding techniques; these practices secure my psychological and physical well-being to demonstrate effective therapy.
Through facility visits, social media platforms, and word of mouth, I began building a network of followers, educating and spreading awareness about therapy animals, mental health, various disabilities, and trauma. I am not a therapist or a therapy expert; I believe in healthy, caring therapy, and the positive impact it continues to provide on my life.
Always remember to
Listen, Love, Connect!