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6 Days To Go: Rebecca Shepardson

Posted By Sophie D. Gabrion, NAMI Maine, Monday, September 19, 2016

Loving someone with a significant mental health diagnosis has stretched me in ways that I did not even know were possible.

 

I work hard to find the balance somewhere between frustration and compassion. It is not always easy. There is no control to be had; there is not a fix; there is not something I can physically do or even say. The pain I feel for my loved one and the pain I feel for me, for my loss could be unbearable. But I have the educational resources available to me; I have support; and I remain open.

 

I feel with each person I hear about with a history of trauma, mental health diagnosis or who has fallen from a broken heart and the loss of hope, a change happens within me. Mental health concerns affect us all. The statistics tell us that one in four people will experience a mental health concern, but the truth is that we all may feel the impact. The effect may not always be profound and we may not always even know that a change has begun within us, but assuredly it has.

 

Empathy and understanding, fighting for hope…this is why I walk.

 

Rebecca

Respite Region 2 Manager

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