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John J.
Health Problems and Depression


My name is John, and I am disabled due to heart disease, high blood pressure, and sugar diabetes. I have a pacemaker, and last year underwent a triple heart bypass.

I was released from the hospital last week after being hospitalized from heart problems, and edema (swelling of feet, and legs due to fluid retention). I nearly died. My two grown daughters have been trying to help me, and I presently stay with one of them. I am unable to stay alone. She is single, and going through financial struggles herself, so she is unable to help me financially. However, she is there for me and prepares my meals. My daughters do my laundry, give me my medicine, do personal grooming, and etc., since I am unable to do these things myself. I can barely walk. I feel like a burden on them, and have even thought of suicide at times. I am asking for you to please pray for me and my daughters. I feel helpless, and depressed.

 
smceown -11/12/2003
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BeliefnetGrace
11/19/2003 21:46

Dear John,

We're sorry you feel so badly right now. We wish we had more help to offer here, but it sounds as if you would benefit from talking to a caring person who is trained to help. We have three resources you could try. We hope you will contact one of them as soon as possible. You deserve to get help, and to get it sooner rather than later.

1. If you are in the U.S., call 1-800-SUICIDE any time, day or night. When you call this free number, you will be connected immediately to a caring, trained counselor in your region. The sooner you make this call, the better.

2. If you can hold on for a few days, free anonymous crisis counseling is available by e-mail from an international charity called Befrienders International (known in this country as The Samaritans). Send an e-mail to Jo@samaritans.org and you will receive a caring response within 24 hours.

3. There is a website you may find helpful, called Suicide: Read This First.

You are in our prayers.

The Beliefnet Community Staff


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