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Stories of Hope

Overcoming All the Odds

bulletAuthor:    Liz
bulletAge:        16

 

I was 11 when I began to self-injure. I had no idea why I did it and what was wrong with me. All I knew was that I didn't like the person I was becoming, and I had to find some way to change myself. Self-injury seemed to be the way. I continued doing it through grade 7 and became increasingly more depressed.  I suffered a few deaths in those past years and life became a harder struggle than I ever could have imagined. When I was in grade 8, I continued self-injuring. Eventually, I made, what was apparently a suicide attempt. I had to go to the hospital and over the next couple of years they did tests on me. I was finally diagnosed with Tourrettes Syndrome, Adhd, ocd and depression. I went on medication but I continued to cut. Everyone thought I was cutting due to my tourrettes. It became worse and worse, but eventually I settled down. I was proud to say at one point I didn't cut for about 3 or 4 months. But that soon ended. I'm learning to deal with having all of these problems, on my own terms and with meds, I have to say though, if I had a choice to have these problems or give them away, I wouldn't give them away. They are what makes me human, an individual.  I can teach other people about them and hope to be some help. I am still cutting but I am hoping that someday I will find the power to stop. I have overcome some pretty tough obstacles in my life, ,and that's what I'm going to continue to do. Overcome all the odds.