For the first 14 years of her life, Hannah Lucas was full of energy. A gymnast who spent up to 30 hours per week in the gym, she also loved shopping and hanging out with friends. At home, you could find her goofing off with her younger brother, Charlie.
Hannah was practically always happy.
But just two weeks after she started high school, her world took a sharp turn.
Hannah didn’t feel well—ever. “The second week of school, I started passing out,” she explains. “It was terrifying.”
Doctors ran tests, trying to identify the cause of the fainting. At the same time, Hannah also started having deep, dark feelings she couldn’t shake. She constantly felt scared and helpless. Worst of all, she felt alone. Most nights, she hid in her room.
“I tried to tune out my feelings by watching Netflix and reading,” remembers Hannah, now 17. “But as soon as a show ended or I finished a book, all of my scary feelings would come rushing over me.”