My name is Kerrie, I’m 26 years old and live in South Australia.
I’m a science researcher and I love being at the forefront discoveries! I have a huge passion for learning and I’m constantly seeking out new information. Every day in research there is something new or challenging.
I particularly love the chemical and biological sciences. My university studies over the last seven years have centred around biochemistry, microbiology, immunology and cancer. I am a trained immunologist and I’m close to finishing my PhD.
Before all that, I grew up outdoors climbing trees and running about with the cows we had on the farm. I’ve always been active without actually participating in organised sports or fitness.
My childhood was beautiful, but life became really challenging after the onset of bipolar disorder when I was fifteen. For the next ten years I suffered long depressions which I hid from everyone around me. Because of that, I also developed a myriad of other conditions and symptoms including severe social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Finally, after the suicide of a family member, I made the decision to get professional help and was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder.
Since then, I’ve continued to battle long episodes of depression and occasionally hypomania. I’m working with a team of doctors to find the best combination of medications for this condition as well as undergoing lots of psychotherapy.
The motivation for a health and lifestyle overhaul is to be able to reduce the bipolar disorder severity. It’s not curable, but with a healthier lifestyle I’ll be able to manage it better and reduce my reliance on medication.
I’ve come a very long way in recent years. I also have a very long journey ahead of me, but I’m enjoying that journey and I’m inspired by the hurdles I’ve already overcome.
I love my body and I want to treat it with respect. I can only get out what I put in, and I intend to fuel myself healthily!