Nichole Mischke is on a mission to UNCOVER stories of shame and struggle so people can be set free from the toxic lies shame tells us all. As a journalist who expected to spend her career working in television news, Nichole has always had a passion to share OTHER people's stories. However, it took finding the courage to share her OWN story to really bring to her attention the healing power that comes when we own and share our truth, especially the parts shame tells us to hide.
In 2017, Nichole took what she describes as her greatest act of courage to date... stepping out from behind the masks of perfection she'd been wearing, as she publically shared for the first time at a live storytelling event that she had battled bulimia in total secrecy for 10 years. In sharing the full truth of her story, for the first time, Nichole says she finally understood not only what self-love was, but also what it meant to be unconditionally loved by God, made intentionally for a purpose so much larger than herself. Sharing her story and experiencing how healing it was gave her the vision for UNCOVERED and the understanding that this storytelling platform and TV show were not only needed, but life-saving.
In 2018 she left her news career behind to launch UNCOVERED, hoping to give people the same gift of freedom she received that evening she first shared her story back in 2017: the opportunity to be heard and seen in the full truth of your story.
Nichole graduated from Gonzaga University in 2010 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Electronic Communications. She went on to spend 6 years working on a morning television news show where she honed her skills as a producer, journalist, and reporter.
She feels blessed to be a mother to two children, a girl and a boy, and even more blessed to have a husband who has not only supported her in chasing her dreams and making UNCOVERED a reality... but who also was there to look her in the eye when she first UNCOVERED her shame and admitted to a secret she had hidden from him their entire relationship and said, "I still love you... in fact I love you even more."
I didn’t know it at the time, but that was the voice of shame. I did not believe there was hope for me. Everything inside told me there was no way out of my battle. I felt like a drug addict, completely out of control. At my worst I was binging and purging up to 15 times a day. I stole food, I even maxed out a $5,000 credit I secretly used to buy food or replace food I’d eaten in our home so my husband wouldn’t know.
When we live with a secret or have a part of our story we try to hide, we will never know what it feels like to be fully loved and when we don’t feel fully loved it’s impossible to ever reach our potential because we don’t feel worthy of it.
TODAY I'M THANKFUL.
Today, I’m now in a place where I have not only found healing from an eating disorder that once controlled my life, but I have fully embraced my story, all of it, and today I can actually say I’m thankful for the journey. I’m thankful for the thing I used to pray no one ever found out about me. I’m thankful because bulimia taught me the most universal truth of the human experience… that WE ALL struggle…
Perfection is only a mask we wear to hide our shame. I’m thankful because bulimia allowed me to finally understand what it means to love myself FULLY. I’m thankful because bulimia finally allowed me to understand what it means to be loved and created by God, for a purpose greater than myself, imperfectly perfect, just as I am.
“Shame tells us that we’re completely alone and that we’re more broken, messed up, and unloveable than everyone else around us. We THINK we’re protecting ourselves by staying quiet, but we are actually robbing ourselves of ever experiencing the greatest human desire which is to be FULLY KNOWN AND LOVED FOR ALL THAT WE ARE."
My life, my self-worth, and my soul were all transformed that evening. I finally understand what it means to know I am worthy of love JUST AS I AM. My story didn’t define me after all… in fact, it was actually the missing piece I’d been searching for to propel me into living in alignment with the truest version of myself.
UNCOVERED is about giving others the opportunity to be heard and giving a voice to shame. Shame can only hold power over us when left unspoken, but when we speak it out, the death grip it once had over us slowly loosens and before we know it, we are free to be exactly who we were put on this earth to be.”
This is the audio recording of me sharing my story for the very first time. It’s about 13 minutes long and explains a lot about my struggle and the factors surrounding it. I invite you all to listen.