Spotlight: Abigayle Peterson & The Stories Within Magnify’s Code

Magnify Wellness was coded using a JavaScript library called React, but there is another language embedded into the story that Magnify Wellness’s code portrays. It is a familiar language, which conveys the challenging story of learning how to best use our gifts through the experiences we gain. Abigayle’s story is one that reminds us that we share the language of pain, ache and loneliness, though we may experience it differently. Her story reminds us that we can grow, learn and make profound leaps in a plentiful direction while keeping our experiences in our back pocket. 

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Meet Adele!

Hi everyone! My name is Adele and I’m a Secondary 3 student from Hong Kong.

To most, ‘mental health’ is an overused buzzword that at best is a conversational currency; a status cemented by its ambiguity. Swarmed by the unbidden input of common skeptics and pseudo-intellectuals, the definition of well-being has become irretrievably convoluted. If you can read between the lines, you’ll find that I struggle to summarize without generalization; another irony that pains my psyche. 

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Meet Anabella!

Hi, everyone! My name is Anabella Garcia and I am on the Writing team at Magnify Wellness. I am so excited to further explore mental health, especially given how I have seen its various aspects throughout my life.

TW: discussions about struggles with body image, eating disorders, and emesis.

I grew up in a household where mental health and its related issues could easily be observed. My mom has dealt with anxiety for over 20 years and witnessing her daily struggles set an example of what I did not want my life to become. I naively deemed her life as unattractive and looked down on her. I wanted to prevent myself from following in her footsteps. I would physically cringe when people mistook me for her and I would get so irritated when relatives commented on how we were “twins”. I loved her deeply but I saw her as a cautionary tale of failure. This encouraged me to strive for so-called perfection, both in school and in my personal life. I wanted complete control over everything and for the world to feel like it was in the palm of my hand. This strategy seemed to work, although it did add an enormous amount of stress. Overall, I was happy with the results. Nevertheless, my supposed “success” formed a compounded challenge for me during sophomore year.

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