Kenza Bolsius from Amsterdam made the 80-minute flight to Liverpool with the goal of “living, not just surviving”.
A woman with severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder said a visit to Liverpool had changed her struggle with the conditions enormously.
Kenza Bolsius from Amsterdam made the 80-minute flight with the aim of “living, not just surviving”.
Kenza said: “It’s difficult because I don’t feel safe most of the time, and it’s hard to be abroad because I don’t have a home to hide in.
The 23-year-old had not been away for two and a half years because she fears an uncomfortable environment and says she has trouble feeling safe.
“I don’t want to think about it all the time, there’s nothing I can do about it. I have flashbacks all the time.
She says that she has suffered from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since she was 12 years old after being sexually abused.
The blogger said: “PTSD affects my life every second, I think a lot about all the horrible things people have done to me.
“I am scared almost every day, and the nightmares keep me awake for hours at night.
Kenza said at the time that she mistakenly believed that she deserved the pain, but with the help of therapy and her own motivation, she is trying to turn her life around.
“Nobody would have thought that I would survive the last 10 years. It looked impossible, but it wasn’t.”
She said, “I am on a journey of self-love. It is not easy to find positivity and love after so much s*** in my life, but it is possible.
Part of her “self-love journey” included the trip to Liverpool.
She said: “This fear does not stop me from travelling and living my life. I do not listen to my fear.
During their visit to Liverpool, Kenza and a friend visited the Liverpool Museum, had cocktails in Turtle Bay and walked around the city, enjoying food and shopping.
“I just look him in the eye and say, ‘Maybe I’m scared, but I’ll do it anyway'”.