"Yes, I'm under control now but believe me, I've come along way. I've lost friends along the way but at least I didn't lose my total perception of my life. "-Victoria Noel
This week I decided to do things a little differently 😉. So different that it had to be on a Tuesday not a Monday. The mission is still to motivate and inspire but also shed light on a topic that is just as important as a Learning Disability. I wanted to showcase someone who discovered their "Learning Advantage", while overcoming another huge obstacle in their life. That obstacle is Mental Illness.
Victoria Noel has been a supporter of my movement for months and I'm honoured to showcase her as my Motivation Mckoy Monday! She is a talented designer who battles with Paranoid Schizophrenia. Before her diagnosis she struggled in school and just couldn't keep up with the rest of her peers but as she got older, she realized that she truly wasn't alone.
I resonate a lot with Victoria because before my diagnoses, I felt lost and alone. I couldn't understand why I was so different. After reading Victoria's Story, I couldn't imagine myself going through what she went through but I'm glad she is taking control of her life and destiny. Her story will truly inspire and motivate you to keep going no matter what you have going on in your life. There is light at the end of the tunnel and Victoria has proven that.
I solute you Victoria. This is Her Story in Her Own Words! ❤️✌️
"In 2008 I was officially diagnosed with stage two Paranoid Schizophrenia in addition to Depression. This has definitely placed a burden, a stigma and confused perception of me being sane because I was perfectly "normal" before hand. On top of this, I had difficulty in school and had a hard time processing information, which made me feel alone.
My current state triggered in 06 during my first year of college. Doctors said there was a chemical imbalance that caused me to react psychotic and paranoid. I would showcase this same behaviour to people close to me. I decided it was best to drop out of college and focus more on myself.
In 2013, I decided to go back to school to get a handle on my education. This is when I discovered my "Learning Advantage." I was upfront about my issues with learning and asked for help. In return, I received resources from my college, which were very beneficial. Because of them, I overcame my thoughts of my inability to learn and I discovered that I was an amazing writer and designer. In fact, one of my teachers commended me on my writing ability and said I just needed a bit more confidence.
I've overcome many obstacles and I always remained focus. Being open about who I am has helped me sustain a positive reflection of where I'd like to be despite my diagnoses. I currently work as a supervisor and everyday I hear similar stories like mine, which makes me know that I'm not alone. I'm also a fashion designer and I'm in the process of building my brand, a representation of me, my life, and the "indigenous."