I have been fighting a life threatening disease for the last 20 years but didn't recognise it myself for about the first 5 or so years. It is a disease that people didn't really recognise or accept then, but thankfully they do now. I have been suffering from clinical depression which has led me in to some very dark places nearly taking my own life on two separate occasions. If it weren't for the extra support from fellow Christians at the Oaks Community Church and the Love they have shown in praying for me and with me I'm not certain that I would be writing this now. God has brought healing in to my situation, sometimes by lifting me when I need it and speaking to me at the darkest moments and sometimes by putting the right person close at hand to talk to.
I still have depression but feel that I am now climbing out of it and starting to remember who I was before this started. I know that God is with me and when I remember to ask for Jesus' help he is always there. I don't know how others cope with hard times like this if they don't have a faith in God or the support of great friends around them, all I know is that I am thankful to God for keeping me alive to enjoy my family and this wonderful world around me.