Introducing the Founder & Editor: Arlene Garcia, Ph.D.

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BitterSweet: Real Talk™ is a dynamic entity providing exceptional client services including chronic illness coaching and workshops on education, wellness, and purpose.

To raise awareness for chronic illness warriors, Dr. Garcia founded BitterSweet: Real Talk. The mission is to help others turn adversity into triumph and live their best life now. BitterSweet: Real Talk aims to raise national awareness for chronic illnesses and increase resources for children and adults who are affected.  Please like our Facebook Page, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter. Join our network and subscribing to our mailing list.  Thank you so much for supporting our goals to raise awareness for chronic warriors! Empowerment is at our forefront!

Her story: Arlene Garcia, Ph.D. is a high school history teacher, lifestyle promoter, exam prep instructor, and a Gates and Hord Scholar who obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching through a dual degree honors program. She also completed her certificate in School Building Leadership (SBL) and a doctorate in criminal justice about-arlene-garcia.

On the outside one would say Dr. Arlene Garcia is well established and put together, but on the inside she was slowly dying. Years of misdiagnoses caused her to suffer from a major mood disorder and depression. If you came into contact with her, you would have thought she was crazy or in a bad mood ALL THE TIME. But years later, Dr. Garcia was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, a thyroid disorder that proved difficult to treat because to make matters worse, she had a genetic mutation that prevented her medication from working properly. Being compound heterozygous, due to the MTHFR genetic mutation, wreaked havoc on her body. This mutation caused methylation issues that prevented her body from digesting food and functioning properly. For more info on MTHFR, click here.

Two years ago, this diagnosis answered many questions for her and gave her part of her life back. Finally, she got the confirmation that she always knew. She wasn’t just crazy as many doctors made her feel due to their inability to treat her various ailments. She has now taken back her life and is on the road to recovery thanks to this newfound knowledge and a doctor who broke from the traditional textbook response and listened to his patient. She uses this platform to share her story: the bitter, the sweet, and the ugly.

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Introducing Social Media Intern: Michele Garville

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Michele is currently a junior at Fordham University in the Bronx (Go Rams!) with a communications major and a marketing minor. Her hobbies include: writing, drinking way too much coffee, shopping with grandma and eating everything that is gluten-free. Favorite quote: “it’s never too late to be who you might have been”.



Introducing Social Media Intern: Angelique Beniquez

11703160_1425114617817344_882243322315800462_nAngelique is currently a junior at LIM College in Manhattan, NY; she is majoring in fashion merchandising with a concentration in styling. Her hobbies include photography, spending way too much time at her favorite museums, and of course shopping (She is a fashion student after all). Her favorite quote, “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” -Vincent Van Gogh

Introducing Social Media Intern: Samantha Thuesen

IMG_3516Samantha is currently a junior at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. She is double majoring in creative and professional writing and digital media production. Her hobbies include screenwriting, horseback riding, and playing guitar. Favorite quote: “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” -Robin Williams


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