In 2013 the Women’s Health Conference featured inspiring stories of role models who work towards health: mental, physical and emotional. Strong and persistent Lori Finken is a champion for mental health in the community.
Lori went back to school as an “older than average” student and she loved it! Her children were in high school, and going back to school gave her a purpose and a goal. She had worked in banking prior to taking time off with her children and numbers seemed to be her calling. Lori now works in public accounting as a CPA. Lori truly enjoys her job because she is able to help others with something they struggle with, and her work-life has proven that she can make a difference.
As if raising a family and becoming a CPA wasn’t hard enough, Lori accomplished these while living with, struggling with, and managing depression and anxiety for almost 20 years. At first it was hard for Lori to share her story with anyone, but now she has given presentations and was featured in a magazine article. She has found that there are so many people who are suffering from depression and anxiety, and sharing her story wasn’t only healing for herself, but it also allowed others to realize they are not alone. It is important to acknowledge that suffering from depression is not something to be ashamed of, and that depression is an illness. If your first attempt with a physician, therapist or medication does not bring you the results you were hoping for, be persistent. Don’t give up until you find the right combination.
Lori has found that the best way to manage her illness is daily exercise, and to lead a balanced lifestyle. Although she has a very busy occupation, Lori is sure she makes time for family, exercise, and fun every day. While exercise was something Lori started doing to get in shape she found it not only betters her physical health, but it keeps her mental health in check and is the best part of her day.