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The Greatest Gift is Family… πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦

So I’ve been thinking flat out since my introductory post was drafted πŸ€” and I think I have to come to the conclusion that I am now a Mother, and I would do anything to protect my family. Being a parent has got to be one of the greatest gifts this life can give us!

But not everyone is a parent. And you can be suffering even when you are very young yourself. I did. I couldn’t see that there could be a life like I have now! I just accepted it wasn’t a possibility for me.

But I am a parent now. So I have decided that my family mean more to me than my own life, so I will keep my life’s journey private.

The reason I wanted to share my story was to inform others who are struggling within the walls of

πŸ–€ mental health issues, such as; anxiety, depression, phobias, disorders,

πŸ–€ trauma,

πŸ–€ physical conditions,

πŸ–€ and/or addiction,

that there IS hope! Life can really be beautiful! β˜€οΈ It has taken me over thirty years to figure this out….

I have been so fortunate to have my faith, my family, friends and medical support around me. Without their help, I would certainly not be where I am today. If you are struggling, PLEASE reach out to those who love you. They will never judge you! πŸ™πŸ»

I have to say, the mental health system leaves a bit to be desired, so you need to make sure that whatever help and support you are receiving feels comfortable and ‘right’ to you, and your needs. If you feel like you are not receiving what you need, change doctors!!!!!!!!!!! I did, and have never looked back.

Whilst I won’t share my entire life’s story like originally planned, I am happy to share my recent journey of addiction and my recovery. I believe that I have found my FREEDOM. And it’s wonderful! 😁

For me, anxiety has been my prison. Then found the stress of being a full time Mum while my husband worked away, very hard! And I thought that alcohol was letting me escape and was reducing my anxiety. It was, in fact, creating my anxiety!

62 days ago, I was about to enter ‘alcohol withdrawal’ but was VERY lucky to have the support I had around me. At the height of my withdrawal, I couldn’t walk, eat or do anything but wait for the poison to leave my body. I was taking a lot of Valium and anti-nausea medication to combat the symptoms (under my doctor’s instruction!). It took a solid week for the physical symptoms to leave my body, but I will NEVER forget what I put myself and my family through. I just thank God that things have changed for me now. (I am no longer taking Valium on a regular basis and my drug of choice is a cup of tea! β˜•οΈ )

I’m happy! And FREE to live my life surrounded by my loved ones with minimal anxiety, and a lot more clarity! πŸ™πŸ» Don’t get me wrong, there will always be anxiety, but there is healthy anxiety and unhealthy anxiety.

The world has opened up to me once more, instead of living within my four walls.

I can now see what a privilege life really can be and I really want to encourage others to not give up, and find the way to freedom!

Don’t be afraid to let whatever it is that is holding you back, go! Things won’t change if you don’t dream that they can! Believe in yourself and who you are, and who you know you can be! The greatest gift of all is our loved ones. ❀️

You matter and you are loved, and you deserve to be FREE! πŸ¦‹

If I can help you in any way, I will not judge, and can be contacted to speak with you personally. I am not trained as a counsellor or psychologist or doctor, I only have my life’s experiences to draw from.

Look after yourself! Those who depend on you, need you to be well!

Stay well friends πŸ™πŸ»

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