1. This was a very helpful and precisely articulated post. Great tips.
    I have also felt that running is amazing. I never did run as I was told I was too fat to do so. But I realised that it didn’t matter. Wishing you all the best on this journey! Stay positive, keep writing and take care! 😀

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    1. Thank you so very much for your kind words! I am glad that you, too, have found some freedom and solace in running, and I am even happier that you didn’t let someone else prevent you from doing something that you enjoyed. Keep going, and know that you are never alone!

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  2. It’s an interesting thing when a healer gets sick – there is this added dimension of shame, as though you are not allowed to get sick, like it is a personal and professional failure. In fact, this sickness helps you to be a better healer…my naturopath mother who had thyroid disease and now helps many others with that illness, my osteopath uncle who needed a hip replacement….it almost seems part and parcel of your path. So, of course you needed help. I’m so glad you found it. Lovely post.

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    1. Sara, thank you so very much for articulating this so beautifully! While I definitely know that I don’t have all of the answers for myself or others, as I continued to spiral, I kept thinking that I should know what to do and delayed getting the help I needed. I just am grateful that I finally got help, and I hope that my experiences can help someone else along the way. Please, know that your kindness definitely made my day better, and I, again, thank you!

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  3. Kristi, thank you for the experienced advice for many. You are a credit to many and the fact you overcame your challenges make your opinions matter even more to those who have similar hurdles. All the best, BTG

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    1. I cannot thank you enough for such kind words and high praise. It makes sharing my story all the more worthwhile, and while I still have challenges, they are fewer and easier to manage now. I am glad that I am not alone in this, and your support is truly appreciated!

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  4. Reblogged this on The Boy Who Couldn't Smile and commented:

    These words speak to me in the deepest way. In my 10 year decent into depression and anxiety I did all of these 5 things along my 2 year climb out of it. If you are suffering from depression and anxiety and can’t see a way out know that there is and here is how to do it.

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      1. Your story touched my heart so deeply as I too have walked in your shoes. I too wanted more than a few times to leave what I believed was a never ending dark path into where ever it was I was being drawn into. Not knowing I had PTSD (and discovering I was bi-polar) from a very dysfunctional childhood I believed what I was feeling was normal and continued to spin more and more out of control. It was not until I was in my late 30’s when I finally broke and didn’t know how to fix it. There were many days I was very angry because people kept interfering with my life and keeping me from finding the end of that very dark path. I found a doctor who put me on meds and kept me alive and then I found the most amazing therapist and she saved my life!!! I will always be in debt to her for helping finally realize what I had lived when I was younger was not the way most people lived. She helped me realize that I was important, that I was worthy of being alive, that everything that went wrong was not my fault and most of all she taught me that it was okay to love someone and not experience physical and emotional pain from them just because I loved them. At this point in my life I am so blessed to be here, alive and loving life. How sad it would have been if I did find the end to that dark path and miss out watching my children grow up to be such amazing adults with such kind and loving hearts. I too am not the same person I was when I started this journey as I now love myself and now believe it was important that I was placed here on this earth as I know I have, in some way, made a difference in the life of one or two other people!! My therapist was and still is my guardian angel – One step and one day at a time!! May G-d bless you and keep you strong and safe always!

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        1. Heartfelt thanks for sharing your story. I am so glad that you fought back and found the help that helped to see you through the darkness and back into the light, and I hope that you always know that you matter and are worthy of all the goodness that life has to offer. You are not alone ever.

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