Repost from March 2, 2021.

Every so often I like to reshare a past blog I’ve written which I feel have the most impactful messages attached to them and as my audience continues to grow (which I am truly grateful for) I want to ensure that these messages never go unheard or unseen. This is one of them.

Hello. My name is Kim and I suffer with a Major Depressive and severe Anxiety Disorder. This is the face of someone who struggles with depression and anxiety every single day.

I’d even go so far as to call me a poster child for depression and anxiety. 

But I can put on a face, any face you want for that matter.

I can smile and laugh and act silly and I’m pretty funny too.

If you didn’t know me, you may never “know”. You may never know by just looking at me on the outside that depression and anxiety are controlling me from the inside.

But underneath that big smile or silly child-like behaviour is someone who feels completely broken, who doubts her own self-worth, who wonders why she is adored by so many and who fights to stay alive each and every day. 

I am not alone. I know I am not alone and I bet you see faces just like mine everywhere you go, possibly right inside your own family unit or staring back at you in the mirror.

You never know who may be suffering in silence, quietly fighting their own battle or smiling through their pain.

So be gentle, be kind, be loving to each other because you just never know who is smiling at you through their darkness.

Thank you for continuing to share in my journey. It means the world to me. xoxo

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Author: Kim Fluxgold

Wife, mom of 3 beautiful children, dog lover, creative sole and children's book Author. Sharing my journey with depression and anxiety through blogging in hopes of educating and ending the stigma.

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