Don’t waste precious gift of life |

Don’t waste precious gift of life

Dear Editor,

I just left town for eight days, something I rarely do, and when I opened your paper and spoke to some friends, I got the said news that two men in our area had taken their lives.

I was both shocked and saddened to hear of this most horrible thing. I myself spent 10 years in the grips of a most terrible depression, when I often considered ending it all. Fortunately, my attempts at suicide were not successful. That was over 11 years ago, and today, I have a very full and extremely happy and fulfilled life.

My relief came from a combination of a newfound faith in God and medication. When I lived in my empty shell for all those years, it was very hard for people to talk with me and relate to what I was dealing with.

I guess the purpose of this letter is to let others know that sadness and hopelessness is something many people deal with, unfortunately. There are ways to overcome it, however, and suicide is the easy and cowardly way out. Those who are left dealing with the pain suffer so much.

If you find yourself in this or a similar situation, please take the brave way and reach out to someone, if only to let them know how you are feeling. Life is a precious gift.

Debra Stoller


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