Your circumstances do not define who you are as an individual. I come from nothing. Low income communities, 2 recovering drug addict parents, and an abusive home. I’ve never felt like anything I accomplished in life would have any value to others. When I turned 18, I left home and never looked back. Thinking college would be my opportunity to start a new life, I lost myself in the process. I found myself living this double life. I was always the person who ‘looked’ like their life was together. I am the woman who is constantly being told by others that they aspire to be like me. No one knew I was suffering from high-functioning depression. There was so much trauma built up in my life that I never dealt with. Eventually I reached a point where I was tired of masking my feelings and not knowing who I am. I began to seek out a therapist. Therapy was the opportunity for me to enter a space, judgement free, with someone providing an outlet on how to unpack trauma. I had to find a way to keep my peace. Finding myself made me realize my passion for helping others. That’s why I created Flo Code. Flo Code provides feminine hygiene products to women and girls, focus on ending the stigma of menstruation, and create a safe space for women to reclaim their power. My nonprofit defines me. Giving back to others in a selfless way. Thank you Flo Code for saving me.