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Dear Me,

I know sometimes the days seem long and the nights even longer. I know there are times you would hide from the world. You feel the weight on your shoulders, and see the accusing glares.

I'm here to tell you that it does get better. The sun does shine through the worst of our depression. It's there when you're ready to reach out and grab onto the ribbon of laughter.

Don't worry about those flashbacks, honey. There was a time when you had to deal with it alone, but that isn't the case anymore. No matter where it takes you, when you come back, you'll always have a strong person who loves you for who you are...imperfections and all. He doesn't care that you check out for chunks of time and can't always explain or even know it happened. He loves you and will watch over you while you're gone.

Don't fret about the past. Don't fret about the future. You can keep on living. Everything is going to be okay now. Not everyone may understand, and hell, some may look down on you for it, but you are the one who has to deal with this illness day by day. You're doing a fine job of it considering you weren't told how to do so. It's not your fault. You were abused and mistreated. This is not now, and never has been your fault.

You are beautiful, inside and out. Through the deepest of your depression, you've found something to hold onto and laugh about. Through all the times you've checked out, you've become less afraid of what they think. Labels? What are they? Nothing to you anymore.

No one truly knows what you go through day by day, and that's alright. You're alive. You've been fighting the good fight, and so far...you're winning. That's a good thing in my book. Keep on living this life. Love with all your heart, laugh with your soul. Just remember...when it seems like it's going to cave in and bury you...say these words, "I am not my illness."

Instead remember who you are. You're someone's child, a wonderful man's fiance, and a sister. You're a cousin and a friend. You are laughter in the night, and peace in the day. You're an angel's mother. You're a treasured member of this world, and it would be a little dimmer without you. No longer are you the unwanted, the stupid, and the careless. You are unique and beautiful.

Yes, you are a treasure. You are not your illness.

Lovingly,

Me
My entry for :iconneverbealone:'s contest: "I am not my illness." Click: [link] to see more information.
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MsLexLove Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. This is just what I needed. Thank you for writing this.
Really, thank you.. :/
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Kaelynna Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad that this was able to help you. :)
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DarlingAngel0565 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional Writer
Your piece has been featured here [link]
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Kaelynna Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
awww thanks! I'm touched!
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DarlingAngel0565 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Writer
You are truly welcome :huggle:
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DarlingAngel0565 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Writer
:tears:
This has truly gotten to me.
It felt like I was reading about myself.
Wonderful :clap:
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Kaelynna Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
thank you!
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DarlingAngel0565 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Writer
You are truly welcome :hug:
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Angelis1911 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful sweetie.Simply wonderful and well put.Warmed my heart to read it.:) I am very glad we're friends.:D

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:iconkaelynna:
Kaelynna Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you
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Angelis1911 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're so very,very welcome sweetie.:) :tighthug:
So hang in there okay?Just a few more weeks and you
will get to move into your new home.:)

Ttys my sweet friend okay?
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GambiitGiirl Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Wow, this is beautiful. Very inspiring.
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Kaelynna Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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EldaAutumn143 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
Geniusness comes in all forms. A letter to yourself is definetly one of them. It's poetic in a way. I like it a lot very courage giving.
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Kaelynna Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. It was refreshing writing it. I'm so glad I did.
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darkwolf77 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really lovely. I think we all need to write letters to ourselves sometimes to put things into perspective :)
:hug:
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Kaelynna Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
thanks :) It was enjoyable doing it.
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darkwolf77 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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jamieloves7 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
This is very beautiful :)
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:iconkaelynna:
Kaelynna Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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patamfreti Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Beautiful and touching :) I'm working on my self-respect and this made me smile
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Kaelynna Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. Writing this really was enlightening to myself.
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patamfreti Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Student General Artist
:aww:
You're welcome
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materialvamp Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love it.
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Kaelynna Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
thankies lovey!
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ChibiAriane Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
That is great. Absolutely great. Thank you very much for writing such a letter.
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Kaelynna Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! It was enlightening writing it.
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