Invisible Weight

Your bones scream to rest

an anvil on your chest

no dawn comes lightly.

Invite the monster to sit with you

it gains ugliness with denial

put your arm around that which

you don’t want to hold.

© Alicia Grimshaw 2018

When you come out of the grips of a depression there is an incredible relief, but not one you feel allowed to celebrate. Instead, the feeling of victory is replaced with anxiety that it will happen again, and with shame and vulnerability when you see how your illness affected your family, your work, everything left untouched while you struggled to survive. We come back to life thinner, paler, weaker … but as survivors. Survivors who don’t get pats on the back from coworkers who congratulate them on making it.” – Jenny Lawson’s book  Furiously Happy

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8 thoughts on “Invisible Weight

  1. That’s an excellent point I haven’t thought about before. We do congratulate people who recover from serious physical illnesses, even those like cancer, which often come back. But we don’t do that for people who suffer from depression. The image of “putting your arm around that which you don’t want to hold” is so powerful…..

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    1. Ann, I truly appreciate your willingness to see the challenges that face those with depression and other invisible illnesses. Thanks for being a supportive reader. Have a wonderful day.

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