Humans of BRAVE: Claire Cassidt

Hello BRAVE humans!

Today's Humans of BRAVE feature showcases an individual who doesn't let tough times keep her down, finding the good in all situations. Has a tough time in your life caused you to change for the better?

Stay awesome friends, 

Brooke 

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Can you tell me about when you've had a tough time in your life? How has this changed you? 

"Going into my junior year of college I got increasingly sick from my autoimmune diseases, especially Hashimoto's, which is an autoimmune disease in your thyroid. I had plans to study abroad and live in an apartment and everything was going well except for the fact that I felt so sick. I had to make a decision on whether to quit school and lose my opportunity to go abroad or stay in school but feel horrible. I decided to quit school and that was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Not only because I am not the type of person to give up on school, but the town where I grew up in, there is a huge focus on academics. I kept thinking that what if I lost the greatest opportunity of my life. I felt that my life had been taken away from me.

After a year off of school I got better and transferred somewhere new. I learned that I need to take care of myself and put myself first. School and opportunities to travel will always be there. It is not a race. I learned a lot more about myself and what I wanted out of life after focusing on getting better and losing everything. I think I am a stronger person today because of it."