MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE
As a former NCAA Division 1 swimmer, West Point graduate, 4-time Ironman athlete, accomplished leader and seasoned combat veteran, Carolyn is no stranger to challenges in life, demanding environments, and austere and dangerous conditions. Thus when her 3rd and final combat tour came to an abrupt end in the deserts of Afghanistan in 2005, little did she, her comrades, nor her family realize the struggles that would face her for years after coming home.
Even when the doors of psych wards have been closed and locked behind her, and a not well-known diagnosis haunted her for over a decade, Carolyn has always chosen to tackle each seemingly hopeless and unwanted situation with a Never Give Up attitude.
Now in addition to practicing as a Doctor of Physical Therapy who dedicates her career to helping her patients take their first steps on their road to recovery, Carolyn travels across the country, sharing her message of resilience and hope. She further challenges audiences to shed age old views of those that struggle with invisible wounds. In doing so she seeks to change the landscape of mental health and the way we as a society think and behave towards those that struggle.
Audience members walk away inspired, refreshed, and ready to tackle their own challenges in life both big and small and share in Carolyn’s mission to break the stigma associated with mental health. Whether they walk away ready to assume their own role as a self-advocate, a more informed provider, or just a better friend, Carolyn inspires her listeners to share their own story in order to help others.
With each new audience, Carolyn continues to maintain her mantra that if it helps just one, it will have been worth it.
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Her straightforward and honest delivery allows the audience to really step into her shoes and experience the events that brought her to the place she is at today. She is a shining example of the perseverance it requires to face and overcome invisible wounds of war. Although she will admit herself that the battle is not won, I drew upon her great courage and underlying strength to identify to the problem, address it directly and continue the mission. She has changed my view of mental health and the way that it is spoken of and referred to. Truly a powerful story told by a strong woman focused on ensuring no one endures what she has had to endure.”