Hi! My name is Alyssa Gutierrez, and I am an 18-year-old who has recovered from Anorexia Nervosa, compulsive exercising, and other eating disorder tendencies. After being admitted to a local eating disorder clinic in Texas -- as an inpatient -- I realized I was exhausted from the malevolent cycle, the gruesome habits, and the never-ending isolation. As two months passed, I discharged from inpatient and was able to continue my treatment on home grounds. Although recovery has been a journey consumed of distress and unimaginable fear, it has been a journey that has taught me the notion of self-love and self-worth. Nevertheless, I recovered to be the girl who can view a menu without panic; the girl who smiles endlessly and applauds herself for every little accomplishment; and the girl who does not punish herself for her setbacks but rather acknowledges them and continues to move forward. Because of this, I became an advocate who is not only passionate about eating disorder recovery and mental health, but aspires to raise awareness in both the American and Latino communities. Through my own personal experience in both of the cultures, my recovery journey, and my battle with an eating disorder, I have decided to continue to dedicate myself towards helping others and raising awareness.