My Story of Addiction and Mental Illness
Hi, I can write a book about my life but here is my brief testimonial. I once lived everyday life with a co-occurring developmental disability and a physical disability homeless. I was at the brink of death and the doctors gave me 24-hours to live. There are not supportive programs for my situation as a senior. But I am here today to tell you that I am a survivor of homelessness and dual diagnosis largely due to the support from NFCC, I am currently living an independent life of self-sufficiency and hope instead a life of pain and giving up. I am determined to continue and what has helped me so much is the after care. I am like most people who can go to all the programs and complete them but what happens after the completion of the program becomes vital to my continued survival. I hope this organization receives much needed donations to provide the additional support people like I need.
My Story of Generational Mental Illness
I was 19-years when I realized I needed help. I am a young survivor of co-dependency and syndromes in desperate need of self-discovery. I had to learn to break generational life-styles. The things that were spoken in my life that wrongly shaped me and then being constantly told remain attached to the very environment that crippled me. I am in a retentive battle of co-dependency in thought and actions. I was a very angry individual, and emotional wreck with visible physical impairments. I needed training in areas of development, self-esteem, and confidence. Many people do not understand the need for support for young people but young people need help. Through NFCC, I have gained much needed self-awareness and better cognitive behaviors after six years of support. There is no 7-day treatment plan or 30-90 day service plans that would have been sufficient for my well-being. I continue with the services at NFCC until I decide I no longer need help. I am a full-time university student with financial stability and the President of a Young Adult ministry. The ministry program provides dedicated information, support and resources to young women for identity and independence in a broken standard life assisting towards recovery. We have been devoted to self-discovery and recovery since 2013 and started in the private sector. Any individual donating to this organization will be supporting specialized needs that are not available elsewhere.
My Story of Caregiving
I am a 68-year old caregiver. I have been taking care of people for as long as I can remember. I struggled with knowing when to stop caring because it was part of my make-up. NFCC provided an avenue of relief that I was not aware I needed. I attended a grief counseling group session and quickly realized that I was in a constant state of grief with the appearance of coping happily with my support to to others. Now, I can have more geniune way to meet the needs of others while meeting my own needs.
My Story of Chronic Depression
I am a 50-year old survivor of chronic depression. I constantly experienced sudden changes in mood, behavior, thoughts and feelings. I lived my life like a yo-yo on a string and because I worked in a stressful career, never really paid attention to it. My encounter with NFCC was eye-opening. I did not want to admit that I had a problem and felt the shame of having to admit it. The program provided me with great in-sight as well as much needed confidence and commitment to betterment. I am now an advocate and speaker for mental illness. It is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about because many people have some sort of mental illness and are not aware they have it. It feels great to accept who I really am.
My story of the Darkest Days Bouncing
I am a 30-year old who has made some immature decisions that caused many areas of bondage. My behavior and attitude about life was reckless and always about a dollar. I never took the time to think about what I wanted. I focused on surviving and working to do it until I found myself not able to work. I was a man used to providing and having but stripped of what I thought was my manhood. NFCC provide sustainability with my thought process and actions that allowed me find a whole new me that I never took the time to locate. I plan on supporting and becoming an advocate for young men like myself who need to get a proper understanding of living life in the liberty of manhood.