Christi sits at home where she mostly passes the time reading, watching tv, knitting, practicing calligraphy, or listening to the radio.
Christi gets ready before Easter Sunday Worship. Christi only started wearing earrings again 2 or 3 earlier.
In 2005, Christi was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Hysell's disease is with her constantly, and can cause dramatic mood swings.
"I could be fine one minute and I could be suicidal the next minute. It's like watching a pendulum. You go from one minute, to one minute, to one minute, and that's pretty much what I do," Hysell said.
Christi sits at home during a panic attack. Christi's mood can change dramatically from one moment to the next, and can overcome her at any time or place. According to Christi the only thing she can do is work through them. “Sometimes you just need to do it by yourself because that’s pretty much what you are - is alone,” Hysell said.
Rollers in Christi's hair before Easter Sunday worship.
Christi is dependent on Athens Public Transit to run errands and attend frequent appointments for her mental and physical health. Because of her illness she is unable to maintain a job, and can't afford a car of her own on her Social Security Income
Christi at her first church in Rutland, Ohio.
“My faith is what saved my life. For the mere fact that christ was all I had sometimes,” Hysell said.
According to Christi, her faith is the only thing that gives her the patience to not take her own life because she would be a disappointment to christ.
Christi sits with Wendy Goble, center, and Jim Goble at an adult Sunday School session before Easter Sunday Worship at Albany Baptist Church. Christi says that her faith is one of the most important things in her life, and values the support she receives from the other members of the church. "your church family who truly loves and cares for you, not because you have a mental illness, but because of what christ’s love is like," Hysell said.
The house where Christi grew up was knocked down by her brother who now lives down the road, but the barn and garage still remain. One of Christi's most painful memories is the night where she says she was talking with her father in the garage, and he told her that she was adopted. She was 18 years old, and was devastated to know she wasn't his biological daughter.
Christi occasionally goes into dissociative states because of her past trauma. Because of this she never leaves the house without it. She can experience periods of a few minutes up to a few days that she will have no memory of. Her watch helps her know how much time she's lost.
Christi at Easter Sunday worship at the Albany Baptist Church in Albany, Ohio.
Christi often takes long walks by herself to work through her panic attacks. Christi said when she lived in Pomeroy, Ohio she would do laps around the town all night to work through her pain and anxiety