I wrote recently about my daughter Annie's struggle with depression over the past year. It was about one year ago that she reached her darkest point. When I logged into Facebook last night, I received one of the greatest gifts a mother can receive. My daughter, Annie, had written a new post in her blog. In that post, I read these words:
"I often struggle to wrap my head around the stark contrast between who I am now and who I was exactly one year ago now. I don't feel I've returned to the Annie who existed prior to depression; instead, I feel like an Annie who has been put back together in a new, happier, healthier way.
What a difference a year can make!"
While Annie has seemed so much happier this fall, we were very aware with the start of a new school year that there could be setbacks. We check in with her often, and I know she makes an effort to do the same. That, in itself, is so different than a year ago when she avoided talking with us. It sometimes would take days to get a response from Annie from a text message.
When I read those words, I really believed them. I've seen for myself the extra sparkle in her eyes. I've heard the lightness in her laugh. I've felt her energy and enthusiasm for life. I've noticed her positive attitude. But I wasn't able to relax into believing it all - yet. Until now.
Please look at these recent photos and see for yourself the newer, better Annie who has been put back together!