Rising Star Stacey Steele: “If I could start a movement, it would be to educate people on the how’s and why’s of mental health issues and how amazing emotional support pets can be in times of crisis!”

Yitzi Weiner
Oct 17, 2019 · 20 min read
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If I could start a movement, it would be to educate people on the how’s and why’s of mental health issues and how amazing emotional support pets can be in times of crisis! Because of my history of drug abuse, I started competing in fitness and beauty pageants to keep me on the straight and narrow. Some of us become so hyper focused on something that we need a different outlet to become addicted to; addiction replacement, if you will. My thing became the gym. Sobriety along with Mental Health became my platform and I started working towards helping other fit, sober people become personal trainers and fitness coaches so they could have something to focus on other than their own addiction. I also have my sweet little hedgehog, Fiona, who is an Emotional Support Animal. Like so many others, I suffer from wicked anxiety, especially in crowds. I take Fiona with me everywhere and she has become part of my comedy routine. Unfortunately, a lot of airlines are no longer allowing certain pets to qualify as ESA’s because so many people have abused the privilege and have made it very difficult for those of us with unseen health and medical issues who actually need our ESA’s to thrive. Fiona weighs less than one lb! She sleeps during the day traveling in a tiny purse that is hardly noticeable. She does not stink or make noise or come out of her purse unless she has to go potty. Maybe we can start an all Hedgehog owner airline! If you want to learn more about hedgehogs, or Fiona in particular, you can check out our Youtube series called “Hedge-U-cation”! Long live Fiona Steele!!!

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Yitzi Weiner

Written by

A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator

Authority Magazine

Leadership Lessons from Authorities in Business, Film, Sports and Tech. Authority Mag is devoted primarily to sharing interesting feature interviews of people who are authorities in their industry. We use interviews to draw out stories that are both empowering and actionable.

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