You know, Samantha Beach, I went silent on everybody because of major depressive disorder too. I only started getting back in touch recently and explaining what happened in broad lines, and every single time I did, my friends were happy to hear from me. It was as if we’d last spoken the day before. In some cases it had been 7 or 8 years…

One of my favorite sayings is something you hear often in Ireland: “Strangers are friends you haven’t met yet.”

I live by those words. So please don’t give up because there will be other humans in your life again at some point, and some of them won’t be just pixels and data packets but flesh and bones, too.

Had anyone told me a year ago how drastically different my life would be one year later, I would never have believed it. And yet, it very much is.

Hang in there! xoxo

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