Ana, 22, US

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***TRIGGER WARNING*** mentions suicide

 

“November 17th marked a year since I tried taking my life…. And oh boy am I thankful to be alive today. 

I have been struggling with depression for the past 4 years but it was only a year ago that I decided to seek help and get my life back on track. I was in an abusive relationship last year and that is what led me to my breaking point. I went through one of the toughest times in my life.

I stopped going to class which ultimately led me to drop out of my dream school and moving back with my parents. I really thought I had lost it all. But in reality my life was about to begin again.

Once I moved back home I started attending therapy two times a week and seeing a psychiatrist. As many people, I was entirely against taking medication because of the stigma I would attract.

I am currently trying my third medication because the first two gave me terrible side effects. It has definitely been a roller-coaster and every day I struggle to get better. I am currently working full time and trying to get back into school but every day I struggle to just get out of bed.

But it gets better, life gets better, relationships, work, school, everything. This is something I remind myself every day, specially on those days when it seems like the world is caving in. I am slowly learning to seek help when needed, to take days off even if I don’t want to, to stay in bed a little longer if I need to but most importantly I’m learning that it’s OK not to be OK.

I got a tattoo to remind myself that it is not my time to go, ‘Heaven Can Wait’.”

You can follow Ana’s healing journey on instagram.

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3 Comments

  1. January 23, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    Well done and i think you have a bright future ahead of you Ana take care.

  2. January 25, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    Ana I am so thankful you are alive to tell your story! It takes alot of courage to openly share about your life especially the hard times. I am glad you are finding healing. You seem to be taking one day at a time. Healing is a life long process. I am glad you got out of the abusive relationship. The more you love yourself the more healthy people you will attract. I am sending you much light and love as you continue to get healthier. I am honored to continue to follow your story.

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