Getting Through Difficult Times

Many years ago, a personal event occurred that altered my perspective on life and the world around me. I was depressed to the point that I was crying every day. When I started missing work, I realized I needed professional help. Eventually it was necessary to take a medical leave of absence from work. 

The simple act of getting out of bed became an ordeal. Life was safer and cozier in my bed. If it hadn’t been for my beloved dog who pulled and tugged on my bed covers forcing me to get up to take him out, I would have stayed in bed all day and night.  

It was a very difficult time in my life; and I often wondered why I fell into this state of being, and how I was going to heal and get back to living my life again. I thought I was stronger than this, that this couldn’t be happening to me. But it was.

This experience has helped me to be more compassionate to those who are suffering from depression. I understand what they are going through and can give them love and support.

During one of my darkest moments, I felt God’s love and presence. Then I saw the hand of Jesus reaching out to pull me up. This was a profound moment – one I will always remember.

I understand now that God never left me, God was always there. All I needed to do was pause, breathe, and be in the present moment.

God is always with us.

I was fortunate to have dear friends who sent gifts and kind letters and cards encouraging me to continue with my healing process. 

When I was strong enough, I knew that I could move on with my life, letting go of the past and carrying on with courage and grace.

I was grateful that I was well again, and grateful (as I am today) to my doctors, family, friends and coworkers who were there for me during that very difficult time in my life.

If my story connects with you, I hope you know – it does get better.

If you are experiencing depression or are currently going through a difficult time, it is through trust, love, and courage that things will change, and life will get better. Remind yourself often that you are love, loved and loveable.

Trust in the process of life and let the hand of God lift you from your sadness and bring you to a place of peace, love, and happiness.
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.

1-800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Lifeline and 988

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While some areas may be currently able to connect to the Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States starting on July 16, 2022. 

Click here to learn more.

This blog article is solely based on the life-experience, views and opinions of April Manger. It is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as information to bring awareness of how depression can affect all of us. It is imperative that if you notice any signs or symptoms of serious depression in yourself or someone you love, to reach out and get help. Depression is a very treatable condition in most people.

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