In the fall of my tenth year, I didn’t see much hope. To me, the future looked bleak. I was born in Toronto, Canada and I loved my city, my neighbourhood, my home. I was a month shy of my eleventh birthday when my parents moved our family back to their birthplace in eastern Canada. It was a painfully difficult adjustment for me. Transplanted to a dairy farm in a small rural village, I missed the city and my friends…and believed my life was over!
But God had a plan and the move to the country was ultimately used for my good. It was there--seven years later--that I met a handsome, young man who lived just down the road from the family farm. Tim and I began dating and were married two years later.
Five years passed, two babies were born, and then our happy life was painfully interrupted. I had become deeply depressed and was admitted to a hospital psychiatric ward. Over the next nine years I spent much time in the hospital and was treated with one antidepressant medication after another, but none provided any significant relief from the debilitating depression.
Tim became both mother and father to our two little girls…and my caregiver. His role as husband became difficult and painful, but he remained faithfully committed to our marriage, our family, and to me. Tim’s response to my illness was a key factor in my surviving depression. He was always there to provide the encouragement and support I needed. In my soul I knew that when I could no longer push forward, Tim would be there to carry me.
Part of the divine purpose behind that painful relocation from the city to the country so many years earlier is now clear. God carefully positioned me to receive His provision for an even more difficult time that was to come. His plan was not for harm, but to protect me and teach me about the power of love.
I’ve experienced devastation, but I’ve also witnessed God’s ability to redeem broken lives. Following the 2008 publication of my book, Hope for Wholeness: The Spiritual Path to Freedom from Depression, I took time to pursue some long-buried passions, returning to university to study human rights, communication, and international development, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees. I am now following my desire to better the world by generating awareness of human rights-related issues, and inspiring action. Life has never held more promise.