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Rainbow Through the Darkest Times

Photo taken by a woman in her thirties who has major depression, anxiety, and is on the bipolar spectrum. She has been through countless treatments, including tons of medications, an army of doctors, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and most recently ECT.

About this photo: “Several months ago, I was hospitalized because depression left me unable to fully function in my life. I had dealt with depression at that level on and off throughout my life, but now that I have a family and responsibilities, I can’t stay in bed all day, not shower, etc. I had to listen to my doctors and be even more aggressive, which meant being hospitalized and having ECT, shock therapy treatments. This is a photo I snuck while in the hospital. It’s definitely not the best photo I have ever taken, but it means a lot to me. It is of a rainbow that appeared outside my hospital window. I like to look back at it because it was a bright, hopeful moment (however fleeting), in a dark and difficult situation. 

I’m not fully better, but I do occasionally have moments of clarity through the darkness, a hint of brightness like that rainbow, and hopefully for myself and everyone else experiencing darkness, those moments will become more and more frequent.”


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11 comments on “Rainbow Through the Darkest Times

  1. Siobhan
    August 20, 2012

    This is a beautiful photo and an inspiring story


  2. reverine
    August 20, 2012

    Very inspiring. I wish you more rainbows to cheer you up during stormy days.


  3. Emily
    August 20, 2012

    I love the light and the rainbow.


  4. caliroe
    August 20, 2012

    Beautiful! You go girl! I’ve been in your ‘socks.’ Your last paragraph is a familiar one… keep shooting those rainbow for us all!


  5. Northern Narratives
    August 20, 2012

    The rainbow is hope 🙂


  6. buntscheck
    August 21, 2012

    Because I like the work from “Broken Light” I have you nominated for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. More information about, you can find here:
    Have a good time! Susanne


  7. naturephotorehab
    August 21, 2012

    Your courage and determination are monumental.
    Thank you for giving us this photo and the story behind it.


  8. hellboy2503
    August 23, 2012

    Great photos – like it


  9. cityhoppingg
    August 29, 2012

    The photo along with the reasoning behind it…Beautiful


  10. randyhrsotob
    September 21, 2012

    Reblogged this on Randy Soto Posts.


  11. thehappymango
    January 17, 2013

    Great picture, it’s so “raw” that I feel like I’m standing there. What city is this?


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