This week I’m going to be bring light to an issue that is very close to my heart. There are so many people who suffer with depression silently. I have struggled with this for many years. To start this week off, I have Brenda from Therapeutic Crafting!!
Hello! I am Brenda, AKA Brenbren in the blogging world.
First, I just wanted to give a big thanks to Emily for giving my this great opportunity to share my story with people.
Emily emailed me with the idea to talk about my battle with depression. I have done several posts about my struggle. I would like to share my story along with how I found crafting to be so therapeutic.
I just ask that you take the time to read all the links I attached in this post. They go in greater detail about my battle and I also explain many things about depression.
After a big move across 3 states, I found myself very alone. I write more detail about it HERE. I struggled with mild depression for a few years, but was able to maintain it with exercise and meaningful friendships. Then I gave birth to a beautiful little girl. It all went down hill from there. I had severe post partum depression and began having suicidal thoughts. I was put on medication and seemed to be doing better. (read more about it HERE). Then a bomb shell dropped. I found out my mom had terminal lung cancer. Before she started chemo and radiation we made blankets together. (posted HERE)
I can’t tell you how many tears I have shed snuggling this blanket wishing my mother was not sick or wishing I could be there through her battle with chemo and radiation.
Well, hubby graduated and our medical insurance changed. My psychiatrist did not accept my new insurance so I was forced to go off my medication cold turkey. Well I rebounded HARD CORE. I attempted suicide, but luckily I am still here to tell my story. I defiantly had angels watching out for me that day:) You can read very raw, real, and emotional posts about it HERE, HERE, and HERE.
That is most of my posts about my battle. I found my heart changing and realized depression had changed me. I want to share my story, educate people, uplift individuals, and inspire those along my journey.
I want to tell everyone that depression is a disease. It is no different to take an antidepressant to make your hormones level out, than it is taking insulin every day to make your pancreas work, found HERE. I talk about what it feels like to have depression HERE. Sorry to keep sending you to other posts, but I already wrote it all down.
I found working with my hands very therapeutic. SO, naturally, I named my blog “Therapeutic Crafting” (www.therapeuticcrafting.blogspot.com). I blog to share my creativity, but mostly because it is a form of therapy for me.
A few of my favorite things that inspire me and help bring joy and peace into my life is the
Reading Corner I did for my children! Found HERE.
Painting is a great past time for me. I just finished my latest one found HERE,
I have sewed, painted, Mod Podged, built, and hot glued myself through many difficult times. Depression has been very difficult, but I have a silver lining in it. I have become more compassionate. I grieve for those who grieve, I morn with those who morn. I wish to ease others burdens. Please read HERE (my offer still stands). Please read my blog. I want to share my story, I want to uplift and educate. I want others to realize they are not alone, but most of all I want people to realize it’s okay to get help and talk about it.