Interview by Zoey Joseph | Submitted by Alexis Salmons Nomination & Photography by Pink Lily Photography Texas
The nomination: Despite to all the road blocks that she has come through like bullying, diagnosed with anxiety, bipolar, manic depression and anorexia, Alexis has still beat the odds and is now going to school for her associates degree and culinary arts school as well as models for me. She has a heart of gold and shows that you can accomplish anything no matter what.
How would you describe yourself? Kind hearted, overly caring, and loving. I want nothing but happiness and love for everyone. I never see the bad in people, even when it’s the most obvious characteristic.
What would you say is the hardest thing you have been through? Coming to terms with and overcoming my many disorders, including Bipolar, anxiety, manic depression, and anorexia. I was in the hospital because I had attempted suicide. This was a hard time for me and my family. None of us were sure how to cope with these disorders. I was easily saddened and the simplest things would put me into a depression. I had troubles eating whether it be because I was trying to “fix myself” for a date or because eating made me feel repulsive. I also have horrible panic attacks. They’d become so bad that I’d black out due to hyperventilation.
How did you overcome all that, and has that changed you? After being diagnosed and figuring out my motivation, things started making sense. I would never say it was easy or still is for that matter; I still struggle with my disorders, but they seem less severe now. It is much easier to admire the beauty in life now, like the way the sun rises so beautifully in the morning, how great it smells after it has rained, or how wonderful it feels to make the people around me smile.
Do you think you would ever speak publicly about your experience? I would love to speak publicly about issues myself and others like me have experienced, like mental disorders and bullying. It would be an honor to be able to reach out to others and inspire them with my story.