I wrote this piece for Flying Island Press in hopes of starting a conversation with people who have had a similar experience, so that we might be able to help each other. The goal here was to help, not elicit sympathy, though I know that is sometimes what people need, but instead to start real an honest conversation.
I will add, here because I didn’t feel entirely comfortable doing it there, that faith has been a huge part of coming back to something that approaches normal. Probably it has been the single biggest factor after my very supportive wife who is strong when I need it most.
I wanted to share it here in hopes that it might reach more people who might be able to help or could be helped by it.