Rachel Por

Lockport • New York

Story

I was diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression about two years ago. At that point in my life I felt hopeless and alone, but whenever I came to dance it felt like home. I have so many friends there that are caring and understanding. Being there made me extremely happy and forget all my problems at school or at home. My favorite style of dance is modern because it allows my to let go and express myself. I've been dancing for eleven years and I hope on getting a minor in dance when I go to collage. Now in 2016 I am a much stronger person and dancer, but I still struggle with one problem. I'm not allowed to dance. Back in November around the time of Thanksgiving I was punched in the back of the head by my male friend. I went to the ER and they believed that I didn't have a concussion. It turns out that I most certainly did and I could be healed by now, but I was bullied into silence. People were more concerned that he wasn't going to be able to wrestle his senior year than about my health. I felt like I couldn't speak up or say that my vision was different, I always felt nauseas, my balance was off, or that I has constant pressure in my head. These kids were vicious, some of my own friends too. I let myself be bullied into silence and if I would've spoken up then I would be able to go compete in my first two competitions. Yes, I should've spoken up, but now I'm paying the price for someone else's actions. Thank you for letting me share my story.

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