When my mind broke my body

TW (some may be adversely affected by the contents of this blog)
10 years ago an illness took me to the darkest place on earth
10 years ago I believed I would be better off dead and suicide was the only option
10 years ago my Dad answered his phone “hello sweet-heart” but a policeman had used my phone to call him, he was told his daughter had jumped off a bridge in an attempt to end her life and was lying broken on the ground
10 years ago my parents drove 30 miles, feeling numb with no idea what they were going to find at the end
10 years ago the surgeons said I should have died
10 years ago I lay broken in a hospital bed, I needed a bone graft to repair my sight, a metal fixation to prevent permanent paralysis and months of bed rest to allow my fractured legs to heal
10 years ago the psychiatrists wanted me to go straight back to the psychiatric unit
But something inside me had changed…my mind was broken, my body was broken but I realised the spirit inside me was still alive…
I had survived when I should have died, I’d been given a second chance, my story wasn’t over…
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In the last 10 years my relationship with God has deepened
In the last 10 years I’ve learnt to live with the consequences of my actions and I manage the chronic pain
In the last 10 years my family have gone above and beyond in the support they’ve given me and some amazing friends have stood by me
In the last 10 years I’ve been through more emotional pain but I’ve learnt how to cope with it, I’ve learnt that crying and being angry are important parts of life
In the last 10 years I’ve been to a therapeutic community, day care, had more hospital admissions and over 100 individual therapy sessions
In the last 10 years I’ve discovered who I am and developed a sense of identity
In the last 10 years I’ve been out of work, in voluntary work and in paid work
In the last 10 years I’ve found my soul-mate and married him
I have no idea what the next 10 years has in store, we may start to build a family in our own home, or these things may not be possible but whatever happens I know the person I am now is equipped to deal with life’s challenges head on!
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8 thoughts on “When my mind broke my body

  1. Wow, I had no idea. We all have a hidden inner strength – but some people can find theirs more easily than others. Love this blog, always read! Truly inspirational – keep walking on that path of recovery hun 😁

  2. Dear Framces, I have just returned from a funeral of someone who died by his own hand. To use the words committed suicide seems wrong , as though they have done an evil thing or a crime. I suppose that is how some see it. All I can say to you is thank you for your honesty. You are an inspiration and you touch so many giving hope and guidance. Thank you for your blogs and thank God for looking after you and thank God for your knowledge of His love. Blessings to you and yours.

    1. I’m sorry you’ve been through this pain. When I went to a similar funeral I was struck by the address focused on forgiveness for it is surprising how much is needed at such a time, this helped me come to terms with the loss. Much love and prayers for you.

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