This is potentially going to be a hard topic to talk/read about, so I’ll issue a trigger warning just in case. Read at your own discretion.

Have you ever been in so much pain during the healing process that you just wanted to give in and let it win? I know that after a full month of the pain getting nothing but worse, I couldn’t find any strength left in me to fight it and get better. It didn’t matter where I looked, I was running out of the energy and will to fight this mental illness that was determined to get me down. And that scared the hell out of me.

Some of the things that scare me the most is dying and hurting/disappointing the people I care about. This thought was what gave me the strength to fight, even when I had nothing left in me to do so. I was determined to fight because not doing so would deeply affect people around me, not because I wanted to fight for myself. Maybe that’s messed up, but it is what got me through some of the most difficult periods of my life. Luckily, I grew up with a great role model that showed me that you can fight this and come out victorious, which serves me as inspiration every day of my life.

In case it wasn’t obvious, things can get really dark sometimes during our healing processes, but we need to find that one thing that keeps us from giving up – it can be something selfish or something selfless. You can think of all the reasons you have to keep fighting – the things you can achieve, that marvelous light at the end of the tunnel, how much stronger you will be – or you can think how you giving up might affect the people that care about you.

Wish I knew of a magic potion that would give us the strength to fight this battle, but this advice is the closest thing I have to it. We are always worth the fight to get better, no matter how bad our past experiences might have been. We deserve to get better and live a happy, prosperous life. Fighting to survive this won’t be easy, but you will never be alone. Remember the people that are in your corner and search for all the reasons out there that will keep you fighting until you emerge victorious.

If you ever feel like you are alone, know that our team here with Vire a Vida is cheering for you and will do our best to help you win this fight.

by Bruna Gorresio