As I have been doing these Mental Health Guest Posts for raising awareness that is OK to open up and talk about the taboo subject that is Mental Health.
More and more people have been coming forward and contacting me about wanting to share their story to help other people in similar situations.
I had a message from Charlotte who was interested in sharing her story to help other people and also raise awareness, I would like to thank her for being so brave for opening up to me.
Here is her incredible personal journey…
My mother gave birth to me at 24 weeks and 3 days, it was touch and go weather I was going to make it through the night or not.
The priest asked my parents on whether they wanted to baptise me or not but my parents chose that they didn’t want to baptise me.
I made it through the night and spent the next 12 months of my life in hospital, luckily I had someone watching over me and I mad it into the paper when I was 1 as they said I was a miracle baby.
When I just turned 5 a behaviour therapist mentioned to my mother that I should see someone to be assessed for Epilepsy.
At the age of 5 I was diagnosed with Epilepsy and was told that I suffer Peti Mal and Grand Mal seizures, my seizures tend to fluctuate between the two of them but its being controlled by medication.
At the age of 17/18 I started to self harm, I also began to eat less and I didn’t know if I was coming or going.
Luckily I got refereed to the CMHT this is where they diagnosed me with Bipolar and put me on Quietiapine.
On 19th May 2017 I took a massive quantity of Quietiapine, I had a seizure and became unresponsive when the paramedics go there they had to incubate me.
My friend picked up my mom and drove her to The Princess Royal Hospital where the paramedics were waiting at the entrance for her.
They began to tell her that I was in resuss and they were planning to place me in to an drug induced coma this is were it became immediate family only.
They gave me a 50/50 percent chance of pulling through but luckily I had someone watching over me.
I was reassessed and diagnosed with BPD and I was put back on the Quietiapine just with a weekly pick up.
If I could give anyone any advice is try and get as much help as you can and try to stay positive because it will all be OK in the end.
I will never let Mental Health defeat me again!
What an incredible story!
You have been through quite a bit Charlotte, Thank you for taking the time out to tell your story and help me raise awareness for Mental Health.
I wish you all the best in the future, stay strong
Daddy Giraffe x