I was diagnosed with work related PTSD in 2017. I’d been suffering for weeks from depression, constant anxiety, insomnia, and horrific and violent nightmares where I’d wake up screaming and crying before the final massive panic attack came that sent me home early from my shift one night and ultimately out of that job forever. I have been in therapy ever since to try to help control and ease my symptoms and I’d consider myself a ‘work in progress’, but I’m grateful for every step I take in the direction of finding peace and my ‘new normal’. I’m also thankful for the strong partner and support network I have fighting alongside me every day, because as hard as it is for me I know it is equally as hard for them. They celebrate my good days with me and help hold me up through the bad ones, and on my darkest day saved my life. They say sometimes you may have to fight a battle more than once to win it, and I’m dedicated to continuing to work hard for as long as I need to. For others suffering I hope you know that you’re not alone, you’re not a burden and the world is a better place for having you in it. Try to shake the devil off your back and remember how beautiful life is, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

Be brave 💙

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