In 2018 after being the “Strong Friend” for the majority of my life, I experienced an emotional breakdown. I ended a long-term relationship, I was barely showing up for work, and I had fallen off the eating disorder wagon. My life was a whirlwind of chaos. I could feel that something major had shifted within me. Something I could no longer brush off. Depression and anxiety had consumed me. “Data show that for Black women, anxiety is more chronic and the symptoms more intense than their White counterparts” Female Anxious and Black. Without access to the mental health needed, I focused on what I could control.