A young woman who has been to hell and back sent this from her hospital ward … she wrote it 17 days before her 21st birthday and it is a true story of success giving hope to millions of others who suffer with mental health problems
For so many years I severely struggled with mental illness and the way I feel and look at myself as an individual compared to everyone else.
I never once thought I would be able to genuinely enjoy life, and be happy and satisfied with who I am. The internal struggles I hid from the world became so severe that they finally began to show, and I self-medicated and abused so many different things to try and put them back to their hiding places.
Since being in therapy, this is the first day that I have woken up and truly loved myself and told myself I CAN and will get better.
I turn 21 in 17 days and I am more than determined to get out and be able to truly enjoy myself and who I am.
I am so thankful for those who have supported me from day one and have helped me during my recovery. Believe me, I am still scared, and the outside world is going to challenge me in so many ways but I know in my heart that I seriously deserve a better life and I am going to work so hard to achieve that goal.
Everyone can get better, everyone can love themselves and truly learn self acceptance. I feel nothing but love, positivity and guidance for anyone struggling like myself and I know that there is always sunshine behind rain, and there is absolutely beauty beyond pain.
I love you all, and thank you for helping me during my recovery and hope you all know how blessed I am to have such an amazing group of people supporting me. XXX