I was entering the legal profession and I was

applying for my first post graduate position.

I decided that I wanted to be really open and honest about my mental illness

and my anxiety condition.

I had been living in fear, fear of the stigma.

I thought I'd be rejected.

I thought I'd just be flat out rejected, that I wouldn't get a job at all.

I thought no one would hire me.

But what I found was I got the position and my boss

was really helpful in helping me to adjust

into the workplace, and I just felt relief that

all the fears that I had just weren't true.

It gave me the courage to go forward

and continue to tell people.