Think about this…..
Think about all of the people you talked to throughout the course of the day. Some were happy and outgoing, some may have been grumpy and sarcastic. But one out of every three people you spoke to suffers from anxiety or depression. One out of every four women you spoke to has experienced domestic violence. You think you know which ones? Probably not. They are often the ones you least expect because they hide their pain behind a smile and a kind voice. I was one of them.
I was honored to be asked to be the cover story in the June/July issue of “On the Minds of Moms” a local women’s magazine. It was a difficult decision for various reasons, the biggest was the fear of hurting my father because we have reconciled and have a very close relationship. But saying no meant being silent, which is what we can no longer be when it comes to domestic violence,abuse, and mental illness. Every time I speak at an event, someone approaches me afterward and shares their story. Often, several people approach me. I have learned that by sharing my voice, I give someone else theirs.
A large part of me wants to not make a big deal about this because it is a little scary. The people who read this article weren’t strangers online that I would never see. They were my neighbor’s, and friends, co-workers and colleagues. Then there is a part of me that says I need to share this and let as many people know as I can, because doing so helps others know they are not alone and that there is hope. They may find their voice and help others and so starts the ripple of the pond. So, I ask you to please share this article with others who might be suffering in silence. After all, one third of all the people you know are suffering in silence right now.
On The Minds of Moms
story by: patricia carlson
This was it. He had written what he needed to write. As Troy White stared at his computer screen, he second-guessed himself.
Was this the right time?
What would people think?
Making this Facebook post meant everyone would know; did he want that?
Maybe he should wait…NO!
This was right. This was the time. This was all about helping others, not just himself.
He took a deep breath…clicked post…one step closer to his purpose.
Troy White remembers a lot about his childhood. He remembers consciously thinking he would never forget what it is like to be a child; to see the world through a child’s eyes. Children are innocent, literal, curious, and loving. Even as a young boy there was something guiding Troy to his future…regardless of the domestic violence he experienced.
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