Today is #nationalmentalhealthday so I wanted to send out a post to support and share my story! Through these photos you can see there has been a big change since September 2015-
First pic shows me very happy Pre Achilles snap
Second photo shows me with a snapped Achilles after surgery
And this is where it began- snapping my Achilles was a massive shock- I had just started to play netball, started A new job, bought a new car- I was on a real high- and then I snapped my Achilles teaching dance, and in the warmup!
This was the end of my independence, passion of dance, confidence and more! In my eyes this is where my depression and anxiety started.
Everything I had worked for was taken away from me!
I worked through it all, with support from amazing family and friends and support from my colleagues at the time at @function_jigsaw!
Which brings me to the third picture!
This picture was taken two months after I had hit rock bottom- I was having constant panic attacks and living on edge, I wasn’t a very nice person and emotional is an understatement! I would cry myself to sleep! So I went to the GP after being advised by Ben and my mummy, thinking I was going just to talk and see what they could do. I came out with tears rolling down my face and a prescription for Antidepressants to help with my depression and anxiety& referred for Councilling . The doctor put this down to lifestyle and post traumatic stress of snapping my Achilles. Little did I know after two months of taking these little tablets once a day, I would climb a mountain of 1500 meters & be proposed to be @mrbthardy! This was an amazing time- someone who had seen me at my lowest wanted to stay by my side and spend the rest of his life with me!
Which moves me on to the next few pictures- 8 months after the proposal we had bought & moved into our first home together, climbed Mt. Snowdon & got married in December 2017- without those little tablets of magic and great support I felt confident enough to leave @clairelouisewarrington & my family to start my life with Ben. I know some will say you don’t need tablets to do this. Truth is, I did! Without them I wouldn’t have coped with this big change!!