Dear warrior,

You will be okay. You are not alone in what you’re feeling. You are not alone in your panic, nor in your pain. I want you to know that this is not your fault. You did not ask for your illness. You did not ask for the pain that this is causing you and those around you. Therefore, this is not your fault.

Take every ounce of strength you have and use it to push through. You’re going to have rough days. You’re going to have knots in your stomach. But I need to remind you that you will get through this. It’s okay to have hard days. It’s okay to curl up and cry. I need you to promise me that you won’t let those around you who are trying to bring you down or who are telling you all the things you’re doing wrong and all the reasons why everything is your fault, I need you to promise me that you won’t let those people take your happiness. Don’t let them steal the amounts of joy you have worked so hard to get back. I know the strength it takes for you to just get up in the morning and I need you to know that I am so proud of you for that. So don’t listen to the negative voices that people so often throw at you when you have a mental illness. You are not alone in this fight. Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small.

You will be okay. Together we will beat this.