I have a lot to work on, and I recognize that. I have a mental illness. I was diagnosed with it very late in life. But I'm not a bad person. I didn't choose to be this way. I have a lot to offer. Some people have more 'acceptable' challenges that are easier to understand. I won't name those more acceptable challenges, because that wouldn't be fair. But to the people who gave up on me: you got rid of the hard parts about me. But you've also missed out on the rest of me — and there is A LOT to the rest of me. I don't blame anyone for leaving me behind. But I do hope for a future where people are more educated and open-minded about the rainbow of challenges that humans face. It's not always pretty, but we're still individuals with stories and hopes and love. We need you to believe in us.