Overcoming MediocrityEPIC WOMEN
Liz Orvis is a woman who is determined to change the world. When she was in elementary school, she was on a service squad working with children with Moderate Cognitive Impairments. She loved it so much that she became determined to work in the field when she grew up. When she was 16, she started volunteering with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and was able to see the progress from kids having incredibly short life spans to living full adult lives. This was an amazing experience. She received her bachelor’s from Central Michigan University. She became a teacher of kids with Severe Cognitive Impairments, which she loved. Liz eventually earned a master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis, became board-certified, and worked as a Behavior Analyst with children on the Autism spectrum. Liz has achieved many of her dreams despite the fact that she has a serious mental illness. Due to Bipolar and OCD, she is no longer able to work full-time. Despite these limitations, she writes a blog and is also working on a memoir with the intention of starting a conversation, supporting people with Serious Mental Illnesses, and making changes in legislation that will benefit people like her. When she was no longer able to work, she lost hope. She had many hospitalizations and even tried Electro Convulsive Therapy (sometimes referred to as shock therapy). When she was at her lowest, she spent six months in a residential program at Hopewell Therapeutic Farm. This was when she discovered the power of writing and the hope that it gave her. She now smiles more often and even has some hope. According to Liz, “If you know someone with a mental illness or suffer from one yourself, please seek help. It’s a good world out there. You just have to see it”.
Upcoming book: It’s a Hard Knock Life, coming soon!
I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again
This is a story of hope and never giving up. It is written by a woman thriving with a serious mental illness. It aims to offer support and start a conversation. If you like what you see, check out her blog at https://www.mentalhealthmoments.net/blog-1.