Here are a few of those warm fuzzies you’ve been kind enough to post on this blog. Let’s keep sharing with each other:
Some days I feel there is no hope for me. But then I read your article and a little of me hopes spring will come again for me. Thank you.
Some journeys are more painful than others. But the victories are every day. Gingerbread houses, friends and family who love and support us through the battles, unexpected signs like a spectacular sunrise or sunset, and those little moments, like your child running up to hug and kiss you enthusiastically for no reason at all, like coming across the blog of a complete stranger and realizing that, wow, there are others out there who are also battling the darkness of depression and mental illness. It kinda makes you catch your second wind, square your shoulders, and get ready to take that next step forward that you didn’t think you were going to be able to manage. Hugs.
Faith is beautiful in how it unites us like none other.
This is the best article I have ever read on my disease and the way I feel. I have suffered with this since my late 20s and now I am 77. It is refreshing to know someone knows what my life is like. I have never had any support because no one in my family knows anything about manic depression or bipolar disorder. Thank you.
Wow! I can’t believe I found this! Depression and spirituality go hand in hand. Well, for the ones that struggle through the pain and despair. I need this site more than ever now.
We should make tee shirts that say something to the effect of “I’m a Depressive and I’m Proud.” Or bumper stickers: “Depressives make better lovers.” You get my drift. It just feels so good to laugh about our affliction/gift/whatever the heck it is.
Reading this has given me some hope and inspiration as I am in a “spiritual rut” at this time. I pray and pray, and still pray that GOD will answer my prayers. Blessings to all.
Welcome back. I ran across your blog just before you took a break and while in the midst of a relapse into Major Depression. Your honesty is encouraging and I look forward to your posts and responses of others.
–Dark to Dawn
Welcome back, to you and me both. I didn’t think I’d be around this Christmas, either, after missing last year’s family gatherings due to depression. God won’t let us give up. He gives us friends to call us every other day, and to pick us up when we can’t drive, and to keep asking us to invest in our own lives time and again, no matter how many times we’ve said “no”. And He reminds us that he put us here to put His gifts to best use, and that we’ll have more work to do when we’re ready. We just have to listen, and to try to get a little more strength from His grace every day.
Thank you for your honesty; I greatly admire it. I am having a hard enough time being honest with myself about my depression.
Thank you. I don’t feel so completely alone now.
The people most threatened by mental illness or the notion of it, I believe, are the ones most insecure in their own mental health. Rock on!