For today's podcast I'm going to share the introduction and first chapter of one of my books called "Crushed." As background on the book and why it was written, I'll tell you a little bit about myself. All my life I have always tried to be positive and friendly. I never expected that I would ever have to deal with depression and social anxiety, but life has a way of throwing us things that we weren't expecting. Like most people, I've experienced difficult times in my life, and you deal with them and move on, but then I had a series of events that just flattened me. It was more than I could bear and I slid into a deep pit of despair. For the next five years I struggled with debilitating depression. It was like I was in a dark hole that was so deep that no sunlight, hope, or happiness could enter. There were no windows or doors in this dark abyss and I couldn't see any means of escape. I thought that the best I could hope for was to simply endure each day. Then someone offered me the hope that there was something I could do to become happy again. It was as if she lowered a ladder into my deep hole and invited me to climb out of my darkness. I didn't believe it would work, but by that point I was desperate enough to give it a try and that decision changed my life. I am happy again. I am myself again, and it is wonderful! The book "Crushed" is the chronicle of my journey from depression back to wholeness. It is so unflinchingly honest that many people have told me that it feels like they are hearing their own story and it gives hope for others to find their own happy ending.
You can purchase "Crushed" on Amazon.
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