mental health

Message from Leah

To Leah’s readers, friends, family, from Leah and via Joe (her husband):

I won’t have a computer or my phone (so no twitter) at the inpatient facility I’m going into, but know that I’m getting help.

Thank you to all of you for all your kind comments, twitters, direct messages and texts.

I’ll have visiting hours with Leah in the late evenings and will be able to pass messages to and from her. Thank you all for your kind support. It really means a lot to Leah, and to me.

UPDATE Saturday August, 2010: I went and visited her at the hospital yesterday evening. It’s about an hour away from where we live now — and it’s a great facility, fairly new and also clean. She’s writing, journaling, and engaging with treatment. Visiting hours are limited to an hour a day weekdays (2 hours on weekends), but it was wonderful to get to see her. I printed out your comments and tweets and some of her email for her and passed them along. I think this decision, to go into the hospital, while very hard, and not necessarily cheap, was 100% the right one. I am relieved, and I think Leah is relieved too. I’m overwhelmed at the outpouring of support. There’s hope out there, for Leah and for all who are struggling.

24 Comments

  • otherleah

    You’re a good husband Joe, thanks for putting this up. I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting to hear updates as long as she is comfortable with that.

  • MK

    I’ve been lurking here for a long time (even past Leah’s last message) and just wanted to send my best wishes on to both of you. Leah is such a strong role model for me because of her willingness to admit to problems and confront them head-on. She’s an inspiration. Love to you both as you work through this.

  • Callie Kimball

    Oh, Leah. On the one hand I’m so sorry to hear how you’re struggling right now, but on the other hand I’m so glad you’re getting help, and that your family is supporting you.

    You’ve been such an inspiration to so many people, and what has impressed me the most is how you’ve used your range of talents to create platforms for other people to share their experiences. You’re a community builder.

    You’ve done so much for so many people. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do for you.

    Please take good care of yourself. You mean so much to us.

    xox

  • I've Been There Too

    Joe – this message is for you. My spouse went through similar things. It is unspeakably hard. I don’t know you or leah or your history – I just stumbled upon this today, just now. I just want you to know that you’re not alone, too. I hope you have a great support network and that it’s deep. Leah sounds like she’s not going through things alone… and hopefully you’re not, either. Good luck to you both. These things are a bitch, but man, bravo for being out there and authentic. I seriously wish social media was there for me when I went through the worst of things with my spouse in ’99. Love to you all and to the world. Be good to yourself –

  • Joe

    I went and visited her at the hospital yesterday evening. It’s about an hour away from where we live now — and it’s a great facility, fairly new and also clean. She’s writing, journaling, and engaging with treatment. Visiting hours are limited to an hour a day weekdays (2 hours on weekends), but it was wonderful to get to see her. I printed out your comments and tweets and some of her email for her and passed them along. I think this decision, to go into the hospital, while very hard, and not necessarily cheap, was 100% the right one. I am relieved, and I think Leah is relieved too. I’m overwhelmed at the outpouring of support. There’s hope out there, for Leah and for all who are struggling.

  • Mom101

    Count me in amongst the supporters, friends, fans, and as a once and hopefully future employer. I’m so relieved to hear she’s in good hands. You’ll be in my heart and thoughts a lot Leah. Be well

  • Fairly Odd Mother

    Hugs to you Leah. I’m so glad you are getting help. I’m on the other end of things, having had to get help for a child, but it was the best thing we could’ve done for her. May your help be the best thing for you too. It takes courage to take that step and I will be thinking of you.

  • katie | motherbumper

    I know you don’t know me but just really needed you to know that I’m sending all the virtual support I’ve got. Help is sometimes the hardest thing to ask for, even harder to receive and I’m glad you have found it. This is giving me the strength to do the same. Thank you.

  • Val

    I know these feelings and dark days, and I wish you peace and strength. It does get better. And you are brave for holding on and dealing with it. I admire you.