Invisible Cancer

My first peek at news this morning was the terribly sad news of Kate Spade’s suicide.

Heart. Broken.

Everyone you meet is fighting a battle. Some cry out while others stay silent and hurt all alone.

I can’t speak for Kate Spade or her particular circumstance. I don’t know her personally but I do know others who struggle with depression and or mental illness and it’s like an invisible cancer. No matter how hard the person suffering tries to snap out of it, darkness looms and debilitates.

The mind will trick you and tell you that YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE.

Don’t listen.

Surround yourself with people who remind you:

— YOU are here because the world would never be the same without YOU.

— YOU only have to deal with one moment, one day at a time.

— YOU do not have to suffer alone.

— YOU have people who love you and care about you.

— YOU will see through the clouds. The sun will shine again.

— YOU will feel joy and have energy again.

— YOU can win, YOU can hope, YOU are worthy.

Suicide is not the way out. Let the people in your life help you. Answer their call, text them back and let them help carry what feels so heavy and hopeless.

YOU ARE LOVED.

To you & to me, let’s be kind. Let’s be aware of those hurting and lend a hand, heart or listening ear. It’s so easy to believe we’re the only one stuck in the ditch! Life will feel good again. If we only hang on!