Overcoming Anxiety

Please welcome first-time contributor Racquel Fortuna, a 31-year-old woman from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Racquel lives with severe anxiety that causes her to shut herself off to the rest of the world. She often feels overwhelmed by fear, doubt, sadness, and isolation. Racquel’s internal battles began to negatively impact her life, both mentally and physically, until one day when she decided to challenge herself to turn things around. She started by taking better care of herself and opening up about her fight with anxiety to her loved ones.

About these photos: Overcoming Anxiety is a series of black and white self-portraits expressing my struggle to move beyond the constraints of my anxiety issues. I find comfort in the idea that we’re all connected through our emotions and experience.  Through this bond, we understand more about each other and, more importantly, ourselves. My group of self-portraits portrays my personal journey in conquering my issues, beginning negatively and progressively becoming more positive as the series develops.  I desire to share this experience in order to inspire viewers. By revealing my vulnerability, I hope to form that emotional connection with my audience and convey that the struggles we go through in life make us all human.

Find more from Racquel at her website.


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  1. Bless you for having the COURAGE to share something so personal with the world. I’m willing to bet many are going to see your photos and read your words and feel a little bit better knowing they’re not alone in the world…

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! The amount of people that have come to me to encourage me and also share their own personal struggles has been wonderfully overwhelming. I’m so touched that my work has spoken to others in some way emotionally. That is by far the best reward I could ask for 🙂

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  2. I am impressed with how you can be so open and real. I think that telling the truth about our lives is one of the best contributions we can make… I am still working on this.


  3. This is so beautiful.
    As someone who has anxiety and going through the recovery of eating disorders,
    I am so touched by these photos and Racquel’s story….
    Keep fighting honey!


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