My Light Through the Darkness

Photo taken by 32-year-old contributor Danielle, a woman from the US who experiences depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. She is the mother to one child whom she adores.

About this photo: “My daughter is my light through the darkness. I don’t want to miss her life due to depression, so there are times when I must push myself beyond what feels possible and face my fears. Today was one such day. I went to a Fourth of July festival with her, and am so glad I did. I did end up hitting a wall within an hour and starting to panic, so I left, but I was able to be there long enough to see her ride on a pony, go on some rides, and get her face painted. Memories (and photos) I will cherish. I even got a heart painted on my own face capturing a bit of my youth. It’s amazing, this photo could have been me 30 years ago, although I hope more that anything that she will not face the same struggles.

I may not always be able to be there for my daughter in the ways that I would like to be, but there is no denying that I am trying, and that I will keep on trying for as long as it takes.


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