I graduated from high school and moved to a college town in Ontario....a completely new environment. The professors, students and curriculum are all new to me. On top of that....I felt so far behind compared to the other students. So I started to lose interest in studying. There were probably other factors at play but ...I got to a point I felt like I didn't want to go on with my life! So I swallowed two bottles of aspirin and was sent to the hospital, without telling my family. I told my friend who is now with Restart's caregivers group. She came to my dorm and picked me up. I stayed with her for the weekend....It was a long journey working on my mental health. I thank God for the many friends, my therapists that were sent my way. For the past twenty years, I have been working and thriving with the support of my community of friends and co-workers...still taking my medication but being gratefully here... one day at a time.
When my daughter graduated from high school, I was totally unprepared for the years ahead. I struggled to accept her depression, her emotional outbursts, her relationship choices and her addictions....The friends and support I got through the Presence support group helped me "hang in there" through one of the toughest seasons in my life. I am still in this journey of walking with my daughter in her struggles. Just grateful that I am now not alone in facing the uncertainties ahead! I am learning more about myself and how to be there for my daughter each day.