Kristina has struggled with OCD and anxiety since a young age. Not knowing what the feeling was, she covered it up by trying to make it seem as though everything was perfect. Bullied throughout elementary school, middle school, and into high school by a “best friend,” she found it difficult to get away from her anxiety. This feeling that she had the inability to escape her anxiety led Kristina to suffer from depression. As a way of trying to take back control of herself and her life, she eventually developed an eating disorder. She began treatment at age 12, but the ongoing bullying led her to attempt to take her life while in high school.

Because she wanted everyone to believe everything in her life was perfect, she never asked for help. Throughout the years, instead of telling someone what was going on with her, she kept waiting for someone to ask her what was wrong, which never happened. Her inability to be fully honest with herself and in her recovery led her to a second attempt on her life while in college. At this moment, she made the brave decision to go to a residential center, which gave her the strength to fight back against her illnesses and take back her life.

Today, she is a college graduate living a healthy life, full of hope and promise for the future. Kristina urges others to reach out and ask for help; she wants everyone to know that it is okay to ask for help, and especially to ask others if they are okay. One caring question could save a life.

Kristina is based in Philadelphia, PA. Speaking engagements beyond 120 miles may require a fee for travel expenses.