Look at me! I look normal! I look happy! Yes, these grandchildren are four of my favourite depression getaways. This picture reminds me that I have do have good days that I can cherish.
My name is Wendy Love and I live with depression, or does it live with me? I am never really too sure….
I was diagnosed with clinical depression in 1996 and then that diagnosis was changed to bipolar disorder II in 2004. I understand what it is like to attempt to live a life that often does not seem worth living.
Eventually I had to close my small business. No work, no money, no purpose, but wait! I discovered something I can do no matter how I feel – write!
Writing is a natural outlet for this retired teacher. I taught for ten years in elementary schools and twelve years of adult art classes. As a self-employed artist I did the craft show circuit.
My most rewarding accomplishment was raising two daughters and sustaining one marriage for 24 years. I survived the break-up of that marriage and went on to courageously and happily marry again.
My years as a school teacher and an art teacher make blogging kind of fun for me. It is like my own little classroom (with quiet, well-behaved students!) and I can be as creative as I want.
Since I have trouble with most medications I have been forced to come up with other strategies for living with depression. It is a good thing I love research! Writing has become one of the many strategies that helps me survive living with this illness.
I am blogging for depression – yours and mine.
Together we are going to live, share, laugh, care, learn, discover, forgive and recover!