John Gardener once said depression has its roots in self pity, easily the most destructive of the non-pharmaceutical narcotics. 55 year old Linda Harriet of Sunny Lives Rehabilitation Centre could agree more.
Once a seasoned banker to a life changing spinal cord compression followed by depression, Linda is determined to put a smile to those going through the same.
As we celebrate Women’s Day, here is Linda’s story. 55 year old Linda Harriet, a resident of Kira town council, dedicated her early 30s to her job as a banker.
With determination to fend for her only girl child, Linda lived and breathed her career but life had different plans.
It all started with back pain, but she was not aware she was treating the wrong disease until a doctor informed her that her spinal code was damaged.
The doctors discovered a slipped disc where a bone was pressing down on her underlying nerve, leaving her at the mercy of the doctors who did a lumbar decompression surgery.
Her ill health forced her to resign from her job and she found herself confined at home for two years. This was when she started to become depressed and begin on a five year journey.
Linda says it hit her later that sorrow, depression and self pity was only fast tracking to her early death.
Somehow she pulled herself out of it, and once beyond her depression, she sought ways to help others.
Inside her home, safety measures have been put in place an alarm system that warns her care takers Incase of an emergency.