A few early responses

As I had mentioned, I didn’t know if I’d have any responses, and I was wrong!  These all touch my heart ❤️
There are many more.

***Melanie thank you for sharing your story. A few months ago one of my adolescent patients committed suicide.   She was incredible young lady with an awesome future. Unfortunately she could not get past the darkness. I’m so happy that there are people like you who are willing to share this story. I don’t know if you know it but I’m a recovering alcoholic and sometimes there is a sense of guilt of why did I get this recovery when many others die in their disease . I don’t know if we ever get the answer to that. But I do know that one of the most important things I can do is share my story in hopes that it can give someone else the opportunity to recover. It is also true that we hold a lot of shame regarding our behavior however one thing shame hates is exposure so whenever we get to tell our story the shame we feel begins to dissipate. The more that we hold that stuff in the more we beat ourselves up. We start to believe that if people really.  knew who we were they would reject us when in reality  people embrace us.

***My Sweet girl, I still love you after all these years BUT am even more proud of you than before.  I am so sorry you had to go through the darkness but am so happy that you have and continue to learn to love yourself the whole way through,AND what a service you have done for others walking in darkness in sharing your pain so others may heal. You rock sweetie girl- (I know you are a grown up Mel but I feel like a Grannie now that you are a grown woman and I still see that 20 year old in my head and heart).  I am proud of you, love you and will absolutely help .  xxoo

***I will support your efforts Mel.  I am so sorry that you have gone through what you have.  You are also very brave to share your experience.  And you are correct in that we never know what someone else is experiencing or going through.  I try to be mindful of that in my interactions with people.  I have had one friend and a cousin commit suicide and know so many who have lost a loved one to suicide.  I am very grateful that you are still with us.

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