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For years I’ve felt a need to put my depression to good use. My pastor always talks about how God never wastes a hurt. It’s easier said than done but I have made it my mission to put that to the test and to not waste the pain I’ve been given.
A couple years ago our pastor’s family endured an unfathomable loss when his son committed suicide. I spent the year that followed watching as members of our own church, though not with bad intentions, spread such horrible misinformation.
From that experience I learned that genuinely good people just have depression and anxiety all wrong.
Normally I don’t care about what people think but this made me realize that there are men and women walking around with depression and they are surrounded by these misinformed people.
I’m very fortunate in that I have a family who, even if they don’t fully understand my depression, never miss an opportunity to encourage or support me. They are always there to carry me through it and I’m grateful for that.
There are people out there, kids out there, that have the exact opposite of what I have. Their families don’t get them so they are ostracized. They feel weird. They feel broken. They feel alone.
I pray they find this website and learn that, not only are millions struggling just like them, but many have found ways to overcome it and to even thrive despite the crap that got heaped upon them.
Somebody needs to tell these kids they aren’t alone. Somebody needs to prove to them that you can live with it. You don’t have to end up an outcast. You don’t have to end up committing suicide.
You can live and you can live well.
This website is my journey as I prove that to others, and hopefully to myself.