With the understanding shown by her In Our Own Voice class, Janie began to love and accept her whole self as well.
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Living with bipolar disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder, Phillip is now sharing the support he received from NAMI with other veterans. Visit www.nami.org/itstime to help!
I can still see me as a little girl of 7 years of age, lying in my bed, praying for God to please take me to Heaven to be with Him. I believed with all my heart God loved me and would answer my prayers. He didn’t (answer my prayers that is)! I am 59 years old now and it has only been in the past year or so that I have not spent my day planning how to take my own life. All these years, I had two things standing in my way: my fear of pain and my belief that if I committed suicide, I would go to Hell. I even came up with a couple ways where I thought I could fool God into believing it was an accident, that I really didn’t kill myself.
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