Anxiety and acceptance, this is my story.
I am a mother of two amazing kids and a wife to the most loving and supportive husband I could ever wish for. Working part time whilst studying and raising two kids can be challenging at times and especially when you suffer with mental ill health. Having been medically diagnosed with anxiety and depression I started looking for ways to find my way back to me again. I realise that the 'old' me may never return, but instead a new me with a whole new outlook on life will emerge from this dark abyss I find myself in. I have decided to start a blog describing my daily struggles with anxiety and depression as an outlet for my emotions and experiences. Having been raised by African parents ( amazing parents I might add) culturally depression is a topic we never talk about and I have never come across a society that openly talks about this until I moved to the UK.
I grew up in a township, with a leaky roof, cold winter nights, but it was a house filled with love and I always think of my life as a child with my parents through rose tinted glasses. In my culture anyone with anxiety or depression was one of two things: either stark crazy or their faith in God was not strong enough. So my diagnosis came as a shock as I do believe in God and I don't think I am crazy, but I knew something was wrong. Through out this blog I will take you with me on my journey or rediscovery, life as a mother and wife living with depression and anxiety. This is my journey of healing and ensuring I find myself in a state of good mental health, not just for me but also for my little family. I will endeavour to ride this wave the best way I possibly can.