Most of you know that I have suffered depression and at one time is was very bad.
At the moment I am still on a small dose of an anti depressant drug and as far as I am concerned I am just fine to stay on it for the rest of my life.
Depression comes in many forms..it is a disease like many other diseases and it should be treated like all other diseases. Like any disease depression can and needs to be treated and there are many different ways to treat it. We are all so unique and different with every aspect of our life.
Why do I ask you if you have ever been depressed? Please read this letter below and if you feel the love act on it today. Post this post to your own blog so that we can all be part of helping as many people as we can!
I am not scared to tell the World about depression, at one time in my life I was. It was shameful and embarrassing. The truth be told I could not believe that I was or could be depressed until I learned all about the disease!
This month on the cover of the Runner's World Australia the article that was in USA Runner's World, 2006 was published. Needless to say I have been flooded with emails about depression and people thanking me for sharing my story. When the 2006 article came out I was devastated in many ways but in the end I saw that Gods plan was that I did share my story for it seems to have helped a great deal of people all over the World.
Will you share your story with us on my blog? Will you pass this blog post to everyone you know and ask them to pass it on. You don't have to leave your name...you can make a difference sharing your own story!
Here is the link to the Runner's World article:
And now here is a letter from Kathryn: Please help make a difference and vote!
To all who read Lisa's blog:
Lisa contacted me a few years back offering to help. I could not understand why. She was so athletic, beautiful. A hard worker. A mom. Juggler. Could run marathons. Do things I only wished and dreamed I could do.
But then I guess people would say the same about me. I run a company. Have a nonprofit. A graduate degree in business. Have traveled the world.
You see, it strikes anyone. Just like cancer. diabetes. heart disease.
It is a disease called depression. a disease of the brain. A disease that strikes over 140 million of us worldwide. A treatable disease.
Many people are afraid of depression. But there is nothing to be afraid of, just a lot of unknown, a lot to learn. and we are always afraid of the unknown.
depression is a pain unseen. Like a cut, but on the inside. Just because you can't see it, does not mean it is not there.
I realized that even though i say that i carry no stigmas for depression, i still do. Because i had that first thought of Lisa. That gut reaction. And I am pretty progressive in my thinking on depression. I run a nonprofit for depression.
We need to change that stigma so that people get help. So that the Lisa's and the me's of the world get treatment. So we can run our marathons. Start our companies. Are able to shine. Less than 25% of people with depression are getting treatment - and 80% of depression is treatable.
I need your votes - it could bring $1.5 million in funding for depression survivors.
Tell anyone and everyone you know. Share the video. Learn about the disease. And thank you.
To nominate us this round, go to:
sign in, and nominate project: KDL6WW
Project name: Defying Depression, aLive, iThrive
Feel free to post comments on how Lisa has inspired you!!!
You can visit www.depression.org for more information on the disease.
Thank you. You can make a difference.