Madison Welch - Virginia Interview by Inspiring Teens Nomination by Jenna Moran Photography by Jolly Jen Photography Issue 39 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Madison Welch is a compassionate person. She shows grace in situations that don't always deserve grace and inspires others to be better people. She pushes people to see the good in others and shows compassion to others by helping. Madison has been a huge part in helping her little sister through her severe struggles with mental illness. It also goes to show since nursing is her planned major. She will be able to show her patients with her knowledge, caring, and nurturing side to help get them back to good health. Madison encourages us all to do better and be better to each other and is a great example of inclusiveness.
Tell us about your main experience with mental illness, how it has affected you, and what you do about it now. My main experience with mental illness has been with my little sister. About two years ago she had severe depression and anxiety. I had never been around anyone that had something so severe. It was very real and very scary for her along with everyone around her. It made me a better person in so many ways and made me more aware of the battles some people fight. It taught me patience and opened my eyes to appreciate a healthy family. Ever since watching my sister fight her battle I see things a little differently. I see that it takes more than just words to get someone through their battles and that they are not cured overnight. I realized that it takes patience and strong will to overcome these obstacles.
How has this helped shape your future and your plans for college and a career? Going through this with my sister definitely solidified that I wanted to be in the medical field. I feel like walking this journey with her opened my eyes to the joy of helping someone overcome huge obstacles. I am so proud of her for what she has overcome and the battle that she beat. I owe her a huge thank you because she opened my eyes to so much and she helped lead me to what I want to do for a career.
What would you say is the biggest “hidden” mental health issue among teens, and how do you recommend teens reach out to get help? I think there are a lot of teens that suffer from anxiety and depression. I feel like with all the pressures from school, friends, and other outside sources it’s easy for teens to feel overwhelmed and not know who to turn to. I hope to be an advocate for my peers and teens to reach out when they are struggling. I think it’s a huge problem with teens and they don’t feel comfortable talking about it which leads them down other dark paths. I recommend teens to reach out and get help no matter how scared they are because there is always someone who wants to be there to help them.
Please share your story of overcoming a devastating injury and how you got back to being able to play again. What drove you to work so hard? My freshman year I tore the labrum in my shoulder at the beginning of softball season which resulted in surgery and many long months of recovery. I had to do 6 months of physical therapy which was extremely painful and exhausting. Physical therapy was not only physically draining but also mentally. Not being able to be out on the field opened my eyes to all the time that I took advantage of when I was able to play. Watching all my friends out on the field drove me to work so hard to get back to the game that I loved most. The whole process taught me a lot about myself and how to have patience and trust the recovery road.
Look for Madison in issue 39 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!