Hi! I am Kristine Marie, most of you know me through my fb page ~ https://www.facebook.com/KMN.W.O.W.WordsofWisdom and I hope it encourages, inspires and makes you smile and just feel good! I love doing that and talking with you all. But there’s a little something I have been going through, and I know from talking with several of you that you will understand, maybe even see yourself or someone you love in my experiences….
There will be light! Me depressed?! Ha there’s no way! I am positive, strong spiritual beliefs, faith, I can shake this off. “I just need to think clearly, everything is scattered and irrational, but I’ll be fine.
I don’t need “help” ~ I got this”
Those are all famous last words of a fool ~ this fool.
I don’t know why depression surprised me so, no one else seemed surprised, well only that it had held off for so long. A very sweet counselor at a local mental wellness center explained rather well as she tried to grasp all that had taken place in my life since 2009, well really since 2004. I will spare you all the details and give the “shortened” version. First I began to notice a numbness (yet painful) feeling in my feet, along with a feeling like my brain wasn’t fully connected at times in 2004 ~ it progressed and began to affect my speech and I would mix up my words and I knew it but I couldn’t correct it, a very strange and frightening feeling. It got to the point I could not ignore or make excuses for it. That was in 2009, I closed my property maintenance business, which I had owned and operated for 14 years and I LOVED my work! But I just couldn’t do it anymore, I knew I was getting unable to do the kind of physical work it required. Then my doctor and I went to work on figuring out what the heck was happening~ 18 months of aggressive testing and watching my health deteriorate, we had our answer. In 2010 I was diagnosed with MS *multiple sclerosis* or as I call it *my body’s bully! I was told by some wonderful specialists that there was no cure for MS and that the damage done could not be reversed at this time but that I could hold the progression off a little bit with certain medications. That meant no more surfing, skating, dancing or worst of all ~ no playing and running with my grandson! I was told I would need my walker forever and that because the relapse I was in I could expect to still end up in a wheelchair, everyone seemed quite surprised that I wasn’t already. This information was unacceptable to me! I wasn’t going to just let this thing come in and wreck my life, I was still young and strong and I had things I wanted to do!!! I’ll talk more about what happened after that another time, this is still the shortened version remember!?! Lol
Now I had family around that supported and love me dearly, I know that and I am ever so grateful for them. However there is a terrible aloneness with something like that. I didn’t want to spend my days trying to explain this thing that had taken over my life and turned it not only upside down but inside out as well! Feelings of “what do I do now? What can I do? What use am I? And the biggie ~ why did this have to happen to me!?! I had no answers. And for the first time in my life I felt useless, and afraid. Those are two emotions I honestly had never felt before in my life, I blame my Mother! She raised me to believe I was a miracle, a wonder, capable of anything I set my mind to~ but I hadn’t set my mind on this. But I was determined to not live in that cloud of grey! So, I went to work on strengthening my legs again, I mean come on ~ I had been so active all my life surely I could do something! During this time some very personal and emotional things happened too, some devastating, others glorious ~ like my grandson being born! I celebrated the good and wonderful, and “handled” the ugly, or so I thought.
In 2012 I surprised my general doctor and neurologist by using my cane more and no aids at all when I am at home! I only need my walker when I will be walking or standing for long periods of time. That’s another thing I will talk more about later. Well I have always been an over achiever and love to multitask, ha ha, so in June 2013 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I feel so blessed 1) that we caught it early (stage 2b ductal carcinoma) 2) that where I live we have the greatest cancer treatment center and team of doctors are just incredible, efficient and caring, truly caring. Now eight surgeries, and nearly eight months of chemotherapy, I am doing really well. I felt like whew! I got this handled, life is good! And it is, I truly believe that!
That’s why I was so shocked when a few months back that ugly old dark cloud started coming back around. How dare it! Didn’t it know I had beaten all this crap and I wasn’t done yet either, I was and am still fighting to get back to where I can run and play with my grandchildren ~ that darkness didn’t belong here! I was getting healthy and stronger and we were getting out to socializing again and I had/have so many who love me and cheer me on, this thing didn’t belong! It was silly to be sad when everything was going so right! I had to shake this off. I was fine. I was happy, there was much to celebrate. This had to go. And that’s what I did, I shoved it down and told it to go away, and pushed it under the carpet. Yeah that didn’t work too well. I remember the day (not the date, just what had been going on) I was sitting at my computer writing a short little note to go with a facebook poster with my own quote on it for a fabulous, amazing, energizing group I belong to that were featuring my poster and I was listening to the two women who founded this incredible wellness site that is the group, they were talking about “having a joyous life despite adversity and I was cheering them on and agreeing with every word they were speaking…. It was about a half hour show they were doing, and it was about 15 minutes in that I stopped writing because I could not see for the down pouring of tears. I cannot even begin to find the words to express just how I felt in that moment, or all the days after. I tried to hide it, and I did a pretty good job of it, mostly. Everyone who loved me knew something was “on my mind, bothering me” but no one knew what. How could I say that after all I (and they) had come through, that now I was feeling so incredibly, overwhelmingly sad? I would cry uncontrollably for hours, hidden away. Then wash my face and pretend everything was great. Then finally, I couldn’t pretend all was well anymore and thankfully I was talking with a friend who suggested I get some help, which I did. First going to a psychologist, I did learn some valuable things from her, but more medications just wasn’t what I felt I needed. I needed to address all that had gone on, yeah even mourn for the life I had before MS and the cancer and everything, lost relationships, relationships that have been deeply damaged. Everything.
Now I went a different route by using Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT (often known as Tapping or EFT Tapping) and I am not selling anything here, what works for one may not work for all. But for me, this is working, and it’s working on getting rid of rather than covering up the ugly thing we call depression. I will tell you right now, it is most effective (as anything is) when you commit to it completely. And that’s hard! I mean really really hard! But you only get out of it what you put in, energy wise .After a couple of months of working on this, I am slowly getting back to me again and I cannot tell you how great that feels! It’s not gone, I still have a lot of work to do on me, but I can see the light at the end of this tunnel, I am feeling joy again, I feel hopeful for the future, and I am even playing with my grandson!
With loves best energy, Kristine Marie
Please, if you are in need of mental health services, please contact a licensed professional in your community. If there is an IMMEDIATE CRISIS such as a child or adult currently being abused, suicidal or homicidal thoughts or actions, or any other mental health emergency, CALL 911, or contact 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
Please do not wait, you have every right in the universe to feel better, peaceful blessings