Learning To Live

By
Nancy McDonald
Tell us about your (or your loved one's) recovery journey. What has been the most rewarding part?

I tried so hard to hide within myself. I tried to stop time and rewrite my story like it was even a possibility. Keeping an ugly and painful secret for almost 10 years did nothing but make things worse and time didn't stand still... it just made me lose more and more that I could never get back. I let fear, shame, stress, confusion, self hate, and denial take me under..
When I finally had enough and started my recovery, I soon realized that was easier said than done. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done and experienced, but also one of the absolute BEST things I've ever done. It has been BEYOND WORTH IT!!
The most rewarding part is being able to show my kids that I love them - not just say I love them.
It's finally really trying to find myself that I lost long ago and ultimately learning what 'living' actually means. It's being able to tell and share my ugly truth that I was once too ashamed to...with hope it may help another person living in addiction see they aren't alone at all. We Do Recover.

Do you have a message for the Shatterproof community?

'Stronger Together' is so much more than a logo or part of a campaign title... it's absolutely the TRUTH!