After struggling for 10-20 years with a mental illness that unfortunately I could not get her adequate and appropriate treatment for, my 26 year old daughter took her life. This event in my life has left me like Humpty Dumpty, my pieces are slightly glued back together but will be fragile and different for the rest of my life. I try to put one foot in front of the other and use her struggles in my job as a nurse in a high school to help others know that mental illness is a diagnosable, treatable disease and not something to be ashamed of. I tell them it takes more courage to ask for help than it does to suffer alone. I share my story only to let them know we all suffer and what is on our faces is almost never what is going on in our lives. We can share our burdens, reach out for help and then down the line help others. I am not thrilled with what God has given me to minister with and we will chat when I get there (He is gonna win of course), but while I am here I have to use my circumstances for Him and to honor my daughter who did fight just like someone with a cancer fights...until the illness finally took her life. Her virtual memorial site is www.virtual-memorials.com and her name is Sara Jankowski. Please visit her site. She was beautiful both inside and out.
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