Today I am grateful for the power of social media and its ability to rally together people from all over the country/world to offer guidance and advice. Yes it can cause mayhem and have the opposite effect but in my case, this hasn’t happened:
I posted on Facebook about wanting advice on how to get my lustre for life back and since then have been getting genuine replies with cognitive help – not certified help, but help none the less of people who have seen I am really struggling with a disease right now, and want to try and save me, to help me feel some kind of relief. These are people who have felt similar to me, or feel their advice might be relevant and rather than keeping it to themselves, are trying to help someone else for no personal gratification or recognition for their efforts.
Yes some advice is more helpful and relevant to others, some people commenting dont really understand the severity of the situation or what I am asking for, but they are still trying to do what they can to help.
“she was wonderful”, “such a shame”, “we should have known” – comments that usually revolve around the friends of suicide victims. I can at least believe that my friends wouldn’t wait until it was too late to want to say something nice to me to make me feel better, or offer help in some way, and I am making the conscious effort to talk about my issues again so that they know what I am going through and dont have to feel too scared to talk to me about it. Because surprisingly, mental health issues can scare the friends more than the victims sometimes.
I have a brain tumour survivor, a person who has suffered heart failure her whole life, someone who has come from an impoverished country and lived in prefabs, someone who has travelled the world and lived to the fullest and someone with severe mental issues and many more, all contributing to the thread – and they never think that their history or issues are more important than mine.