“Don’t let depression and addiction get in the way of your dreams”
Since the age of fifteen, I’ve battled with anorexia, bulimia and depression, and in my early twenties, spent mostly in rehab, I started to drink, overdose on medication and tried to commit suicide on several occasions.
During this time, I managed a few sober years by attending AA meetings. After a nearly fatal car accident while driving drunk, I’ve managed over 13 years of sobriety.
About this time I met my late husband, Leonard, albeit amidst a dark period of my life, as the marriage was short-lived due to his passing from excessive drinking and later kidney failure.
As luck would have it, during my travels abroad and attempting to escape the perils of life, I discovered the sport of free-diving and immediately fell in love with it.
Free-diving gave me a goal to look forward to and a reason for living every day!
My battle with my addictions and depression is a daily battle and has taken so many years from my life, let alone hurting close family, good friends, but mostly myself.
Due to COVID-19 and with it the world lockdown, it has triggered in me a severe drinking relapse, likewise terrified of following in my late husband’s footsteps.
By focusing on my next major goal, breaking the under-ice world record early in 2021 in the male category, I aim to regain my balance, be a positive source of inspiration to others and achieve the impossible again.