˜ "I actually met my absolute, dearest best friend on Tumblr. I went through a really hard time a few years ago and I don't know if you can tell, but I have a lot of scars. I self-harmed, I was a drug addict, I was bulimic, and I was anorexic. I went through a really awful time and I was one of those emo kids with a blog. I wasn't necessarily posting that many things, but I pretty much did it to know that I wasn't alone. I knew that there were other kids out there. I wasn't just some freak that was taking a razor blade to her skin; there were other kids that did that. There was one day, just a really bad day, and so I was pretty much saying goodbye to the people I was talking to. This one girl saw that and just said, "Hey, look, I know it's hard right now,' and wrote this really long letter and it actually stopped me from killing myself that night. That was the most motivated that I had ever been to commit suicide and she actually stopped me. I don't know why, but for some reason it was just what she said because she had been there. She had been in my footsteps. She was a drug addict, she self-harmed, she was anorexic and bulimic, she dealt with depression, she dealt with a hard family life. To have someone who had all that and not just one aspect just really touched me. We started talking and we would call every single day. Probably six months after, I went into rehab and then a year after that I went to Utah and met her in person. I had never had someone who understood all the aspects of what I was going through, so she is really special to me." ˜
Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking with someone who was very open about sharing a difficult part of her story. If anyone reading this can connect with her experience, I want you to know that you are not alone. Depression and other mental health conditions can be debilitating and can often seem to be too much, but I hope her story can serve as an example and inspiration that there is support out there and brighter days are ahead. You're story deserves to be heard too.
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