Johna Cheyenne, the warrior behind @girlrestore, took over our Insta Stories for #freeyourmindfriday! Check out her story below and check Insta to follow along!
Hey, y’all! I’m Johna.
I’m sharing this picture because you can hide anything behind a smile.
I struggle with chronic depression and anxiety, disordered eating, and body dysmorphia.
I’ve always been a nervous and anxious person, but things took a turn in high school when my passion for nutrition turned into an obsession. This obsession lead to orthorexia, anorexia, compulsive eating, and over exercising.
My perfectionist, go-getter personality served me in many ways, until it didn’t. I based all of my self-worth on my physical appearance and my achievements.
From the outside I made it look like I had it all, but no one knew how trapped I felt inside my own body. And then my world came crashing down in 2017 when my body completely shut down. I blamed myself because doctors told me I was just “stressed,” which of course only led me to a darker and more isolated place.
However, my intuition told me to keep researching and advocating for myself. Finally, earlier this year I received a diagnosis: lyme disease, along with multiple co-infections, and mold illness.
I’m in the midst of navigating my way back to health and searching for freedom.
I don’t have it all figured out.
I still struggle.
And that’s okay.