So today’s post was supposed to be a fun recap of my vacation and possibly some pics of me doing the ALS ice bucket challenge.
But then I heard about the death of Robin Williams, likely from suicide.
I realized something: I don’t actually have any friends or family with ALS. I have friends and family who have friends and family with ALS. I know it’s a chronic, fatal disease that definitely needs awareness and funding for treatment. I’m not diminishing that in any way. But I (thankfully) don’t have personal experience or contact with it. What I do know is that I personally have struggled with a chronic, potentially fatal disease. And I have LOTS of friends and family who struggle with the same one.
It lies. And it can kill you. Its symptoms can be hidden so well that it can steal your loved ones without your ever having known they were sick. It can convince you that you don’t matter, that your family and friends and the whole world would be better off without you. It lies.
Here’s the truth. The real deal truth. You do matter. More than you could ever know. You have so much worth. So much value. Losing you would be devastating.
I wrote a post about this last year. Please go back and read it. Please please please if you are having thoughts of self harm- REACH OUT. Reach out to family, friends, your doctor, a local mental health agency.
Sadly, Robin Williams died almost exactly one month before World Suicide Prevention Day.
Depression Lies. It is a lying bastard. An evil lying bitch. Don’t believe a word it says.
I’m going to get myself this shirt (in the workout tank version). If you want one for Christmas this year, let me know.