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The BeYOUtiful Journey

Belinda Coronado's avatar Belinda Coronado

As a WOMAN warrior, I returned from war with invisible wounds. I suffered from PTSD, depression, and suicide ideation, following my tour in Iraq. After serving in the U.S. Army as a military police sergeant, I started noticing emotional cracks in my mental foundation. I thought, I’d be damned if I served overseas and came back broken. I continued where I left off, with a fulltime job as a legal assistant, and attending the police academy—to mask the pain. I constantly felt jumpy and easily startled. Smells and noises transported me back to Iraq. After sacrificing everything—including my family—I wound up in the hospital for the treatment and care that I desperately needed; my life had imploded. This marked the first step on my beYOUtiful journey towards recovery. The hospital was the best place for me, considering how close I had come to ending my life. This put me on my healing journey toward wholeness, I created this art piece for ArtPrize it was a vision of my recovery and wellness.

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