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My previous post was about community and accepting help. I am so thankful that I have had many people help me over the last couple years. To all of you who have been there for me, thank you. Thank you so much. You have made a difference in my life. You have helped me heal, grow, and feel loved. You have helped me climb out of the deep pit of depression.

Thank you for all the big and little things you have done for me and continue to do for me, such as:

  • Listening to me tell my story
  • Encouraging me and giving me understanding
  • Having me over for supper
  • Having me over to pet your dog
  • Sending me texts and emails
  • Lending me books
  • Meeting me for a meal or walk
  • Praying for me
  • Asking me to teach you about depression
  • Giving me hugs
  • Telling me you love me or care about me
  • Giving me a care package or gift
  • Telling me about resources
  • Making sure I was safe
  • Talking to me on the phone
  • Sending me cards
  • Sharing your own experiences with me
  • Allowing me to be in your company with no pressure to talk or help when I didn’t have the energy to
  • Allowing me to stay the night at your place
  • Giving me recommendations for doctors and counsellors
  • Sending me emails
  • Reading my blog posts
  • Being flexible with our plans
  • Talking to me in the middle of the night
  • Donating to MDAM
  • Visiting me at the CSU
  • Giving me a ride somewhere
  • Letting me know you're thinking of me
  • Asking me how I’m doing
  • Bringing me flowers, food, or baking
  • Spending time with me
  • And more

I have felt your love and care. Thank you to those who stepped in to provide extra support during my time of need and to those who are a regular part of my support system. I conclude my series here with this note of thanks. I am so thankful that I have a community as I continue to navigate depression and life. Thank you.



Cindy over 2 years ago

I am also grateful for the wonderful, supportive community and people who have loved you and cared for you and continue to do so. The people who hold your arms up when you can't. Thank you for reaching out to others. Thank you for allowing them to help you. Thank you for trusting us with not only your story, but your heart. Thank you for your vulnerability and authenticity. Thank you for educating us and helping us to understand what depression is like. Thank you for choosing life every day. The world really is a better place with you in it. Shine on!

Kyle over 2 years ago

Thanks for investing in your community and sharing your journey! I look forward to any blog posts you have in the future that are outside this set of posts. P.S. The graphics in this series have been dynamite!

Melayni over 2 years ago

So grateful for you Kristen and your courage!! Keeping shining your light and not giving up on hard days knowing God continues to unfold His amazing plan for you!

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