October 22nd of 2011 is a date that has impacted my life forever.

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~In loving memory of Gina Alyce Giancola

The tattoo on my left collarbone in roman numerals is the date I lost a close friend and teammate. 10- 22- 2011. Gina Giancola was at the tender age of 15 when she lost her year-long battle with depression and took her own life. I have never met a more internally and externally beautiful soul. She was talented, driven, spunky. The loudest laugh in the room and someone who always had a smile on. My biggest competitor, a running buddy, and someone I felt comfortable to confide in.

October 22nd of 2011 is a date that has impacted my life forever. I got this tattoo as a reminder of not how Gina left this world, but what she managed to accomplish in her short time here on earth. Gina’s memory has guided me to wake up every morning and remember to always always always cherish life- To embrace every feeling, experience as much as I can, always try something with the best intentions, and most importantly- embody a positive mindset.

Suicide is 100% preventable, if you or someone you know is suffering from depression or having thoughts of self harm- I can’t stress it enough that you should tell someone. You don’t have to go through this alone!

In loving memory of Gina Alyce Giancola.

Dec. 6, 1995- Oct. 22, 2011.

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