Even when mental illness cocoons us in a lonely world , it can’t stop us from shouting.
The last few weeks have been tough, and I wrote a post about it explaining my difficulties. I can’t explain the feeling when you stop for a moment and realise how lost you feel. I was alone and overwhelmed and writing was my only way to get it out.
What I didn’t expect was the response. The post received the biggest viewing figures to date in a single day. I genuinely couldn’t believe it. The response I got through twitter too was really heart warming. Tweets and DMs from so many people offering support and kindness which I’m just not used to. What took me back was whenever I thanked anyone for their help the replies were always similar:
‘No need to thank me. You’ve helped me so much in the past, it’s good to return the favour’
I didn’t set out to do anything specific with twitter other than to tell my story with honesty and hopefully a bit of humour with it, while trying to encourage people to keep moving forward, no matter what. To hear that people have gotten something out of it just makes me want to well up in all honesty.
Thank you to each and every one of you that offered the support I needed to get me back on track. I’m not out of the woods but I’m doing OK and I know I’ll survive whatever stage in my mental illness I’m going through.
Now, enough soppiness, there’s currently a hashtag going round called ‘#ReplaceDanceWithWankinaSong and I need to get involved.