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Sisters in MY Struggle- Part 1 & 2

The Power of Sisterhood

In this heartfelt episode of "Breaking the Mask of Depression," the Diva with Depression, dives deep into the significance of sisterhood and support systems when battling mental illness. I'm joined by my closest friends, whom I affectionately refer to as my sister circle. These incredible women have been my rock, my confidants, and a source of unwavering support through the darkest times of my life.


We kick off the episode by acknowledging the importance of having girlfriends who aggressively believe in each other, defend each other, and think the other deserves the world. I introduce my sisters, Lynn, Michelle, and Gisela, who share their perspectives on mental illness and how it has affected our friendship.


Lynn, my Twinnster, who I've known for over 22 years, met me at a job that we jokingly refer to as the "devil place." She discusses her initial understanding of mental illness, which was heavily influenced by her religious upbringing and her mother's role as a school counselor. Despite this, Lynn has been a constant in my life, offering laughter and support even when she's dealing with her own challenges.


Michelle, my Big Sis of about 40 years, reflects on how mental illness was perceived in the past and how it was often dismissed or not addressed. She has seen the signs of my depression early on and has always been there to offer a piercing yet loving voice of reason.


Gisela, or Ms. G as I call her, has been a friend for over 25 years. She brings a unique perspective, having been exposed to mental illness through other friends and family members. Her daily messages of faith and encouragement have been a beacon of hope for me.


Throughout the episode, we discuss the early signs of my depression, how each of my sisters approached and understood my mental illness, and the ways in which they've supported me without judgment. We also touch on the delicate balance of sharing personal struggles without feeling like a burden, and how open communication has been key in our friendships.


The conversation takes a turn as we explore the downsides of being friends with someone living with mental illness. Each of my sisters shares their honest thoughts, revealing that sometimes they hold back from sharing their own issues to avoid adding to my burden. I respond by emphasizing how helping them actually aids in my own healing process and assures them that they can always be open with me.


As we wrap up, it's clear that the bond we share is unbreakable. Despite the challenges that come with mental illness, the love and support of my sister circle have been instrumental in my journey. This episode is a testament to the power of sisterhood and the importance of having a strong support system when facing the trials of depression.


"Them with their daily texts and their daily calls keep me going." - Timestamp: 00:00:56-00:01:06


"Rock bottom, it gets kind of dark down there, but these ladies keep me going." - Timestamp: 00:01:06-00:01:17


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