Monday, October 12, 2015

Walking Through Fire

Today I want to tell you a story about a friend of mine.  A friend and her family. I went to school with a girl, her name is Heather. She already had children when she met the love of her life John. They got married recently. John found his family, and they found John. Welcome to their almost not so happy ever after.
                                       

John had to have surgery to remove a tumor on his back. His recovery took longer than expected. He resigned from work, because he was not expected, by the doctors, to be able to return to his very physical job. He made a full recovery and tried to get his job back, but they had filled the position. He not only lost a job that he loved and excelled at, but his ability to provide for his family. Heather and John used up all of their savings.  They became unable to maintain their household on a single salary. They lost their home. They moved in with friends. They got by with the help of their family and friends.

John is the happy go lucky one in his family. No one would ever suspect John to suffer from depression. Not only has John suffered from depression, but he has suffered from suicidal thoughts. People always assume that individuals with mental health or substance abuse issues are the only ones that are at risk for having suicidal tendencies. That is what Heather thought. Heather was wrong. John became difficult to be around. He was even harder to live with. She had no idea what he was struggling with. Heather did not give up on him. She was not aware of the full extent of what he was going through. Heather loved him no matter what. Against all odds. You walk through the fire together.

There are two endings to this story. The first is that John didn't want to talk about his depression, nor his grief, embarrassment or shame at not being able to support his new family. He kept his feelings hidden and suffered in silence.  He became so depressed that he started to feel like ending it all would be a better solution for his family. He made the decision to end his life. Heather's dreams were dashed, her new happy ever after over, and the love of her life gone with barely a beginning.

The second is that John didn't want to talk about his depression, nor his grief, embarrassment or shame, at not being able to support his new family. He kept his feeling hidden and suffered in silence.  He became so depressed that he started to feel like ending it all would be better for his family. John realized that he needed to get help. He realized that the way he was feeling was bad, and nothing was worth ending his life. She was worth it. He was worth it. They were worth it. John chose life. John chose Heather. He made the call that ended up saving his life. He sought help and got a new job. They are in a new home all their own. Life is back to a new and healthier normal. Back to the happily ever after they both so richly deserve.

You walk through the fire together.

Which way will you choose?

John chose his family. John chose life. John chose to reach out and get help. Will you?

September was National Suicide Prevention Month. John was a life saved in September.

If you know anyone who suffers from depression or may be suicidal, jot down the following. It can save a life. It saved John's. Don't suffer in silence. Get help.


                      

*Thanks to John and Heather for sharing their story. John hopes that sharing his story will help others realize that they are not alone.*



5 comments:

  1. Thank you for telling our story and if it helps just one person, then you've helped John achieve his goal. Every life has value. Nobody should have to suffer. You are not alone. Depression can look like a LOT of different things. Anger was John's manifestation. It was a serious Jekyll and Hyde. If someone you love starts to act differently and you dont understand it. Please PLEASE ask whats really going on. You never know.
    Love you, girl.
    Kenna kids rule <3

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    1. I love you too sweet lady! So happy that John chose you! Thank you again for letting me be the one to share your story! I wish you much happiness together as you carve out your fairy tale! And yeah, Kenna kids? We do kinda rock, don't we!!! And I am soooooo taking you up on your offer the next time we are down your way! Hugs! Luvya!

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  3. (((((Hugs))))), Heather! I'm so glad that though you've lost all that you have and been through all this, you still have John and HOPE for a better tomorrow!

    <3 from another Kenna kid (even if it was briefly)!

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    1. Yay Kenna kids! You still count silly goose!

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