By Danielle P.
Written in March, 2016
Hi, my name is Danielle P. I’m a survivor. I’m one of three triplets. I was born prematurely. I weighed 1 lb 0 oz. I had challenges since I was born. I was placed on life support as I was not able to breathe on my own. I also went into cardiac arrest.
When I was twelve years old I was first hospitalized. I had a nervous breakdown. I had lost touch with reality. I didn’t know if I was coming or going. I cried every day. I was so confused. My mother and family visited as much as they could. After that I was in and out of mental hospitals for years.
When I was 23 years old, I attempted suicide. I was placed on life support for 6 weeks. My family was told that I wasn’t going to make it. Jesus saved me and I made a full recovery. I had lots of stressing situations that caused me to try to take my life once again. I had to get dialysis because I had kidney failure in 2013. In 2014, I overdosed and was placed on life support at Grady Hospital.
I thank God so much for letting me survive all my suicide attempts. I am blessed to be a part of NAMI. I am here for a purpose. I want to become a Certified Peer Specialist. I want to make a difference in people’s lives. I also want to be a mentor, tell others that no matter how tough life gets, it will get better. Just be patient. All the times I tried to take my life I thought I didn’t have a purpose. Now I know that God has a purpose for me and he’s not through with me yet.
I truly thank God for sparing me so many times. I have hope that one day I will become a certified peer specialist. I still have challenges that I face everyday like depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, harming myself.
I just want to thank all the supporters that I have in my life. The ACT team, Grady Nia Project, most of all, “God”, and my two best friends, “M and J”.