My speaking career started in 2009. For many years while speaking I would share that I've fought through suicide, depression, anxiety and PTSD to be the woman standing there in front of them. What I discovered, was that most people assumed my battle with suicide came AFTER my husband and daughter were killed. That is not the truth. This is what inspired me to write 'Inside "The Mind" of Suicide' and has been my burning passion behind this Academy. I know that it takes a lot of small steps to simply just keep moving.