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Photos taken by contributor C. A woman in her thirties who suffers from clinical depression and anxiety. The severity of her suffering goes up and down. Sometimes she can do so much, while other times she gets paralyzed by her dark thoughts. Even though she is not at her worst, each day is still a struggle.
About these photos: “I live in a picturesque suburban town. Everything is beautiful, perfect and in it’s place. One day I was walking through the park and went to sit in a gazebo surrounded by rose bushes for a moment of quiet. I was shocked to find graffiti inside the gazebo posts. The words were so dark and twisted, contrasting the beautiful location like the thorns on the nearby rose bushes. At first I felt angry that someone had tarnished my sanctuary of peace, and then I started reading the notes and I just felt sad for the person who had written them, and then sad for myself. He or she was reaching out. They must be hurting inside as I hurt. I wish I could reply, ‘No, you are not the only one.’ I hope they find help. I hope they feel better soon, and that I feel better soon too.“