Today we’d like to introduce you to Melony Hill.
Hi Melony, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Born and raised in Baltimore to a teen mom, I constantly found myself in situations that a child should not have witnessed nor been any part of. By the age of 17, I was a survivor of multiple sexual assaults, domestic violence in the home, poverty, a drug-addicted parent, and too much more to put in one article.
Over the years, therapy was attempted many times, but only in 2010 when I was nearly 30 years old did, I finally find a therapist I felt comfortable talking to and processing My trauma-filled upbringing with. I had been seeing her for seven years, up to three days a week, when one day I walked into her office and she simply said, ” I no longer take your insurance.
Feeling abandoned and lost, somehow, I managed to find My way home. I lie in bed for day, waiting to die, because I was sure life couldn’t continue without the routine that had held Me together for so long.
I’m not sure how many days I laid there waiting for answers but it finally came, I kept hearing the phrase ‘stronger than my struggles’ in My head but I had no clue what it meant. Still, I purchased the domain and sat on it.
God started to whisper more to Me, telling Me that I wasn’t just stronger than My struggles but that it was why He put Me here, as an example. It felt as if I were being guided as I utilized My old journals to self-publish six books in less than a year. The next thing I felt compelled to do was launch a therapeutic writing workshop, something I felt I always needed.
The workshop, Writing For My Sanity, was a catalyst to Stronger Than My Struggles making a global impact in the health and wellness industry around therapeutic writing and mental health. Four years later, Writing For My Sanity is a weekly international online workshop with attendees from the Europe, The United States, and Canada regularly.
I’m currently working with group and individual clients as a Life Transition Coach and preparing to bring My Crazy Like a Fox Black Mental Health Awareness tour back for 2022 traveling to five cities in the U.S.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The biggest obstacles I’ve faced these past four years have been from within. Being legally disabled, suffering from illnesses such as Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Depression, and Anxiety Disorder constantly leave Me battling My mind and body to be productive.
Another challenge I’ve constantly faced is lack of support and community. When you feel unseen, unnoticed, and are giving your all, it gets hard to stay motivated. That’s one of the reasons that I’ve worked so hard to build the Stronger Than My Struggles community so that we can support each other through our daily struggles.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
What I’ve found, is that while there are so many who identify as writers, there are so few who practice or teach the art of therapeutic writing; that’s where I shine. Much of My work is teaching individuals to process their emotions and/or trauma in writing through various practices such as guided journaling, group coaching programs that rely heavily on processing through writing, and live events, such as My black mental health awareness tour.
What I’m most proud of is how My curriculum transcends age, race, sex, and nationality. I’ve been able to help youth as young as eleven years of age to adults up to age 65.
Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
I don’t have many positive childhood memories and because I suffer from an illness called Dissociative Identity Disorder, where I am legally multiple people living in one body, I have very little access to childhood memories because of the trauma I endured.
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