My wife, Tanya, and I have been delivering papers with our 4 boys for just over 10 years. However, today was a little different.

My face and story was front and centre on the Bridges Magazine, and it forced me to reflect on my journey.

I spent so many years feeling shame around my struggles with mental illness and addiction. I was convinced that I was alone in my thoughts, and I was afraid to reach out for help. I was embarrassed that I couldn’t control my drinking and gambling habits.

However, today that was no longer the case.

When I packed our bags there was no shame, but rather pride.

The simple truth is that I would not be vertical without Tanya and my kids by my side. So, to deliver this paper today beside them by was pretty special.

I am so grateful.

If you are struggling or feeling consumed by shame, I hope that you can find the strength to reach out to someone you trust.

Keep fighting.

Keep believing.

 

* The full story can can be read in Bridges Magazine.

“What’s stronger than a broken man who has the courage to rebuild himself? It’s time to redefine what it means to be strong.”

- Allan Kehler