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Welcome to the gallery site of Broken Light Collective. We are artists of all levels and abilities who are affected by mental illness. We create and we share our work for the therapeutic benefits to us, as well as others who may be struggling and feeling scared and alone. Together we can move from disconnected to collective.

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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4 responses to “My Light Through the Darkness”

  1. Dreams and Zeros Avatar

    Beautiful shot.


  2. Mariane Avatar

    I am glad you got there to make this wonderful photo of your daughter. I am blessing you and your family for the courage you have!!


  3. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    such a sweet photo. I share in those same struggles you do. I also have had many times that it was my children and them alone that I pushed myself forward to get something done.


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