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Throughout my life, I’ve struggled with depression. Now in my early 40’s, I write this to you as an individual who has worked here at MHAEM for almost three years in total and coming up on two years in my current position. I love my job with every fiber of my being.
I used to scoff at those who said “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life!” I thought it was the dumbest thing I ever heard. I always wondered how people could say such a thing. Alas, I get it now. I worked in Information Technology most of my adult life and hated every minute of it. So, in many ways, working here at MHAEM has given my life direction. It’s given my life meaning. It’s given me a purpose.
Daily life can be a challenge for anyone, let alone someone with a mental health issue. Most of my life, I was struggling with mental illness, addiction and the results of making bad choices and being in abusive relationships. Going through that journey was so lonely, but deep down, I knew I wanted to do better for myself.
Once I met my counselor and started getting the help I needed, I realized I was a strong, independent woman. I became determined to get well. I have been sober for five years, I’m working as a hairdresser to support myself, and I have my own apartment in Morristown. I’m 43 years old and this is the first time I’ve ever lived on my own!