Good evening! This is more of a reintroduction, as I used to be quite active on RYL as a teen. It has been six (!!!!) years since I logged on and RYL crossed my mind today. Not sure how many will read this, but I have changed quite a lot in those past six years. Where to start?
I have not self harmed in over six years. At one time, this seemed nearly impossible.
I completed a bachelor's degree in social work and am applying to (hopefully) begin an MSW degree next fall.
I currently work with folks who are dually diagnosed and live with both mental health struggles and substance use. I bring lived experience and often find that my empathy with others is heightened because of this.
I am married (Jesus H. Christ...) and just celebrated my 6th anniversary. 3rd marriage anniversary.
I still struggle with depression and anxiety. I still see a therapist with whom I have an unbelievably strong rapport and who continues to support me in my recovery and all of its ups and downs.
I hope that anyone who is reading this that feels as if a life worth living or a future at all feels only like a fever dream find some small bit of hope in what I've shared here. I hope to become active again here, as I do think I am needing and looking for social support from peers in a formerly familiar place.
Please be well and may you find some peace today.
With much love,