My name is Samantha and I am 23 years old. I’m a full time nursing student who took control of her life exactly one year ago and never looked back. Along the way I faced many road blocks in which I was ready to give up, but I kept reminding myself of why I started in the first place. One year ago I was unhealthy and unhappy. I had struggled with depression and an eating disorder for many years and all those negative and degrading thoughts I had about myself left me with almost nothing. These disorders had taken control of my life for so long and ruined so many relationships that I felt completely defeated. One day something changed inside of me and I never looked back. I told myself I was going to beat these disorders and be a success story, little did I know this journey would end up being so much more. Officially one year into this journey and I am a completely different person. I am not only happier, healthier and stronger, but I am mentally and emotionally a new person. Someone who looks forward to getting out of bed each morning, someone who holds their head up high and is confident in what God has given me, who doesn’t take life for granted and is determined to be the best version of herself. Along the way I have been able to help others start their journey and that means more to me than the journey I am going through myself. I guess you could say it’s the kind, compassionate, warm heart you need to be a nurse that has helped me change not only my life but others around me.