Scholar Spotlight – Kennedy

“My hospitalization experience undoubtedly saved my life, though it has put strain on my family emotionally and financially,”

Kennedy describes herself in a word, relentless. When she puts her mind to something, she puts her heart and soul into it. So when she started playing sports in elementary school, she practiced non-stop until she was good enough to get enough play time. She had always been told that when you look better, you feel better, so she began to diet with vigor.

She improved with sports, serving as a starting varsity volleyball player and even making All-Region her junior year. But her pathway into darkness culminated into an eating disorder that had already taken over her thinking. Once the treasurer of the National Honors Society, Kennedy soon began to withdraw from all of her extra curricular activities and her parents realized that she needed help.

Thus began Inpatient and Intensive Out Patient programs that helped her to see that her eating disorder had stolen the color from her life. Slowly, she began to reshape her thinking and learn how to take control of her thoughts.

“I choose recovery because I want to have a life that is colorful…I cannot help others find value in their lives if I do not cherish mine.”

Kennedy’s BFF Bowie

Kennedy is currently attending Arizona State University as a Biological Sciences major where she plans to work toward a career as a Physician Assistant in the mental health field.

We are so proud of Kennedy and her accomplishments. She is a shining example of how to #LiveYourNextChapter!

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