“After the stroke, I started having a really serious depression… I deal with consistent memory loss; sometimes I don’t remember the day, I definitely don’t remember what I did three days ago unless I wrote it down… I actually started drinking really heavily after the stroke, which is the opposite thing you should do after having a stroke!”
Montana says she has learned to prioritize self-care and taking the steps to make better choices. “You have to take care of yourself; your mental health is so critically important… when you have invisible illnesses like I have, and a lot of people, a majority of the population has some form of invisible illness… it’s important that people have those conversations that are difficult to have so we can get awareness and provide resources and have access to medical care and mental care.
“Every situation that I have been in that’s been negative, has led to something more positive , or it’s built my foundation to be stronger to withstand other things that I will experience down the line. I’m actually very thankful for those moments, as tragic as they may be, as difficult as they are, as painful as they are, they are beautiful moments if you look at them that way… as an opportunity to grow yourself and to really slow down and listen to yourself too. Every moment that’s dark is something I use as a tool to better myself, and I even use it creatively too.