Recently one of our Network group, Paul O'Mahony had a post on his own blog "From Bath to Cork with Baby Grace."
regarding the topic of depression. Paul is familiar with this dreaded affliction and in this instance was writing about the famous author, Marian Keyes. Marian has recently posted to her own blog her need for solitude while she battles a current bout of severe depression.
With our family having also been touched in the most cruel fashion - through the loss of my daughter, Annette - and knowing a little myself of how depression can make you feel, I sent Paul my comments and he posted this comment on his own blog.
Lesley Dewar in Perth, Western Australia,
is my best friend on Twitter.
. She is wonderful to keep in touch with. She knows a lot, including depression.
Here’s what she sent out today about what it was like for her, part of her experience of depression:
"What can you say to pierce this dreaded black fog, when once it descends? No words prevail. Your hugs pain me as I seek only the agony of my solitude. Leave me. Let me lie, that I might ponder why I am worthy to live. To recall my unknown and unforgiven trespasses. To hear each breath as it flows in and out my imprisoned chest. My heart cold. My sun dark. Perhaps, this time, it will not pass - and then I shall lie peacefully forever in the arms of eternal quiet and struggle no more."
I count Paul as a close friend, though we have only met through Twitter, his blog, LinkedIn and he is also a member of our network here. He lost The Beatles challenge, too!