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Jake’s Story

“There is light at the end of the tunnel. “

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I am 16 years old. I have been fighting depression and anxiety since I was 9. My dad cheated on my mom and my parents divorced. I was bullied all the way from 4th grade till 8th grade. Everyone at my school hated me because I followed the rules and was what they thought to be a goody goody. My mom has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and her treatment is not making it better, just keeping cancer from growing. This means she can easily still lose the fight against cancer. I have attempted suicide twice and have each time managed to survive. Everyone looks at me like a weak person who was not strong enough to overcome this horrible mental illness on his own.

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But I say this now. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Hold your hand to the wall and walk. You will make it. I have not yet fully overcome my trials but I can be strong, I will be strong. My family and friends need me. I will fight with my might and I know whoever else is struggling can do so too.

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But I say this now. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Hold your hand to the wall and walk. You will make it. I will fight with my might and I know whoever else is struggling can do so too.

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