Monday, 11 May 2015

Darkness Into Light 2015

2am Saturday morning saw me getting out of bed and getting kitted out for Darkness into Light 2015.  A 5km walk/run in aid of Pieta House and supported by Electric Ireland. This is my second year to take part. I hadn't registered this year as I wasn't well and was going to sit it out, but I couldn't get it out of my head. I knew I had to do it again.


It was nearing time to go when Lillibug heard me getting my stuff and she came out with "doggy" (her favourite teddy) and asks "where are you off to?". She didn't believe me when I said I was going to bed, so I decided to take a chance and bring Lillibug so we could do it together because she is my light and brings me from the dark. I've battled with depression and last year was the toughest for me so doing the walk, meant even more this year.



We made our way to Enniscorthy to an amazing but tranquil atmosphere. It was amazing to see so many young kids and teenagers taking part and everyone talking to one another and sharing stories. Lillbug made a great ice breaker and she was determined to get going. At 4.15am we all took off. Lillibug decided to walk the first km and she did it so well that she wanted to keep going, but I put her in the buggy. Lillibug finished the last bit to cross the finish line when dawn approached, and she made me so proud. She is my hope and strength. Everyone takes part for their own reasons but it was great that everyone supported one another on the walk and nobody walked alone. We all chatted and helped one another along. Without a doubt, I will be taking part again next year with Lillibug, and I urge you all to as well. It's for a good cause and the service is badly needed.

Seven years on Darkness into Light is still going strong, a symbol of hope and a celebration of life. It's about raising awareness and giving our support to Pieta House and the people that need the services they provide. 

Pieta House is a centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide.

"From humble beginnings, Pieta House has grown to almost 180 therapists and administration staff, and the demand for our service hasn’t let up. To that end, in 2014 alone, over 5,000 people came through our doors suffering from suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm."


Well done to everyone who raised money, and left their warm beds Saturday morning to take part.

17 comments:

  1. This was beautiful and the pic of you and lillibug made me teary when I saw it first, you're a brilliant person and so much stronger than you give yourself credit for, well done xxx

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    1. Thank you Sharon, now you have me teary by your kind words xxx

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  2. I've just learned something about you and I am a shocked as you seem so happy and chipper the times we have chatted. Well it's wonderful what you did and to do it with your daughter must have been very special. I too have recently struggled with depression and keep going in and out of it! I have found blogging to be a great help though as I can express myself in ways I can't verbally. So as I was reading your post I welled up a bit as I know the struggle tat comes with depression. Such a strong person you are and you will continue to be :) Beautiful post

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    1. We never know what's happening behind the scenes. Blogging has also being a great help to me and helps me a lot also the blogging community is brilliant. Thanks for your lovely comment and I hope your struggle gets easier with time :)

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    2. I've now read this post 4 times and still wells me up :) I love this post as I can tell it was written with so much heart :) Thank you so much for linking this on #wineandboobs :)

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  3. Well done on doing this for such a great cause! Isn't your daughter just so cute & sweet! xx

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    1. Thanks so much, and I have to agree (but I'll always be bias) she is so cute xx

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  4. As Modern Dad Pages said, something new I've learned about you.
    Well done for getting up in those wee hours and for bringing Lillibug with you.
    You've a wonderful strength and you should be proud of yourself x

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    1. Thank you Eimear. It was very emotional experience especially this year and sharing it with Lillibug xx

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  5. this put such a smile on my face!! you're amazing, and although depression clouds that - just know you've got an army of us right behind you! Well done Lillibug!! xxx
    - aoife

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    1. Aoife that is such a lovely thing to say and thank you so much xx

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  6. Well done, on doing the walk and this post, it's not always easy speak about depression, but the more we speak the better for everyone. Massive hugs to you xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Nicola. Speaking helps a lot and helps get rid of the stigma that is unfortunately still attached to Depression. See you soon for more chats and cake ;) xxx

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  7. I too have suffered with depression (postpartum depression) after each child but in different ways and for different reasons. But depression sucks and it's hard to talk about because it seems as though no one "really" knows how to help you through it so it feels pretty lonely. I admire you for getting out and about so early! And for such a good cause too!

    I'm reading from #wineandboobs. Here's my Top 10 post about life with toddlers: http://mytalesfromthecrib.blogspot.com/2012/09/top-10-signs-you-have-officially.html?m=0

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    1. I think it's hard for people to understand if they haven't lived through it or know someone close to them that suffers with Depression. Thank you for your kind comment x

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  8. Just a beautiful story! I look forward to visiting again and reading more. #wineandboobs

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    1. Thank you Cindie for dropping by and commenting :)

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