Katie and Maggie Fosselius

Katie and Maggie Fosselius

Episode 3 is a very special episode - we talk to Katie, who is a mother, wife, student and balances it all while managing an extreme anxiety disorder. Katie walks us through what it's like to be a present, engaged parent of three active daughters within the limitations that come along with mental illness. Maggie, an incredible ballerina and oldest sister speaks openly about what it's like to be affected by a parent's illness and the gifts that come along with it. 

We're excited to bring you the first in a series of women navigating mental illness. Thanks for listening! 

WD: What is the biggest challenge in your personal life?

KF: My biggest challenge is raising three girls while finishing grad school and the complication of having a fairly severe anxiety/agoraphobia and depressive disorder.

WD: What is the most satisfying aspect of your personal life?

KF: I love having preteen/teen girls. I really enjoy even the rough aspects of "teen" parenting. I also thoroughly enjoy school and my work at the Denver Rescue Mission doing art with the homeless guests.

WD: What is your favorite part of the day?

KF: I enjoy being home studying in the day. I am a total introvert. I also enjoy my daily morning run.

WD: What is your biggest source of stress?

KF: Balancing my studies and maintaining my mental health regime/spiritural practis to keep moving forward.

WD: Was there a defining moment that set you on your current path?

KF: My passion for working with the homeless stated when I was in 8th grade and I went to volunteer at a soup kitchen. I have been involved ever since.

WD: If there was one thing you could magically change, what would it be.

KF: OWWWWW...I would be a normie. No mental health challenges.

WD: What do you want more of in your life? 

KF: Recovery. Ease of movement through life

WD: Who are the women who are most inspiring to you?

KF: I love women who share their openly, who are real and vulnerable. I also admire woman, like my daughter, who are super driven and strong. I feel I am more opposite to this trait.

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WD: What is is the most  satisfying aspect of your personal life?

MF: Dancing /performing.

WD: What is your favorite part of the day

MF: The moment when I am done with all my homework and I can just take a breath and relax for a minute.

WD: What part of the day do you look forward to most?

MF: Going to ballet.  

WD: Who is your support system? 

MF: My ballet friends and family.

WD: Who are the women who are most inspiring to you?

MF: Any woman who had a dream and never let anyone get in her way. 

WD: What is the best advice you've ever gotten?

MF: That this world is a rough place and I have to fight for what I want. It's not going to come easy. I have to ignore the people who say I can't and then prove them wrong! 

 

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