Along with everyone I know reaching out to me and being supportive (and wanting me to pass message after message of support on to Rory), many of them have also shared their own stories. Either they themselves have a mental illness, or are or have been very close to someone who has. I’m pretty sure Rory quoted some statistics earlier, but my guess is that most people on this planet have been touched by mental illness, either experiencing it themselves or being close to someone who is experiencing it.
It reminds me a bit of when I had my miscarriage. Everyone came out of the woodwork to share their own miscarriage story. It’s just another of those things that isn’t talked about often, until people share their story with someone else going through it. Now so many people are coming to me with their own mental illness stories. I feel supported, and trusted with something so personal.
I think we’re nearing the end of Rory’s stay in the hospital, and I can’t wait to have him back here with me.