For Food Network star Hazell McKenzie, coming to the US as a teen was supposed to be her deliverance. But achieving the "American Dream" proved harder than she thought. Hazell Mckenzie’s path of descent is a stunning testament to her determination as a woman and as a mother.
She began on her path as a bright-eyed, teenaged island girl who migrated to the U.S., but, faced with illness, poverty, and an unfamiliar city, she curved quickly downward toward depression, anxiety, and fear.
Time and time again, through every downward curve, Hazell’s path has tested her patience, her drive, and her faith. Yet, time and time again, she has risen like a phoenix blazing a trail upwards, to success.
This story, Hazell’s story, is an inspiration to all. With every twist and turn of Hazell’s life, you may feel your own life changing.
BIOGRAPHY Resilient, relatable, compassionate and determined are just a few words which aptly describes me, I am a woman who has once fallen to the very depths of despair to subsequently rise like a Phoenix blazing a trail to success and to being a positive agent of change in this world. I have parlayed my life experiences, drive, creativity and God-given abilities into my current mission of being an advocate for single mothers who may be struggling with Mental Health issues within several communities.
My passage to becoming a supportive public face and voice for this cause began as a bright-eyed, teenaged island girl who migrated to the US and was faced with the culture shock and difficulties of fast-paced first-world living.
18 years later, I was battling chronic depression, struggling with feelings of anxiety, fear, and stagnation and lacking coping mechanisms for ordeals which included dealing with a son who struggles with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. This pushed me to the verge of committing suicide.
Fortunately, I was able to use my strength and faith to pull myself up from rock bottom and put myself on this present road where I am now able to be an affirmative influencer to those currently dealing with inner torment. As a survivor of Depression, I have experienced firsthand the painful symptoms such as paranoia, hallucinations, anxiety, hopelessness, over-sleeping, over-eating and fatigue and I aim to not only destigmatize the disorder but to also remove the shame associated with it.
I aspire to be a voice for women, single parents, abuse victims, immigrants and an advocate for individuals and communities who are afraid to talk about Depression and to seek help.
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