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Support Circles on Sundays

Hey everyone,

We're going to be running support circles once a month on a Sunday! At the moment they run on Tuesdays, but for one of those Tuesdays, each month they will be running on a Sunday instead.

This next Sunday support circle will be on 26 November. If you'd like to come along, (sign up by completing the form here )
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Chatwee Update

Update - There's been some technical difficulties launching Chatwee onto our website so we will not be moving to Chatwee on Thursday.

As soon as we fix this issue, we'll announce another date for launching. We're really sorry for the delay in Chatwee, thanks so much for your patience.
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Post of The Month (September)

Maisy is our Post of The Month winner voted by the community for the following post:

"Hey Shaunie,

​I care. I really relate to what you have been experiencing with the house falling apart, and things not getting fixed due to general shame of the state of the house and not knowing where to begin fixing things or who to contact (you don't want to come across rogue tradesmen). Not even having adequate heating and hot water. And clutter. Everywhere. It's horrible to live in such circumstances, I know. It's hard as well when you see everyone else living a 'normal' life and yet being unable to talk about your situation."
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    Ever since my cousin has been unwell (middle of Jan) and had to have a major op and now starting his chemo I feel that the whole world is on top of me. I feel I have the pressure to keep working to support the family and also the pressure to be strong and not let my emotions show infront of my younger sister and rest of my family!

    ​I just feel every night I need my aunt here to tell me everything will be okay and help me thorugh this situation. Every night I stay up for ages trying not to cry and trying to tell myself things will work out in the end. I just need my auntie by my side every night to tell me that everything is going to be okay or at the end of the phone. She has been away for 3 weeks now so this hasn't been possible and my sleeping patterns are starting to suffer. She is back on the 5th!

    ​IS it normal to feel like this?! I just need my auntie and a cuddle every now and then to tell me things will be okay. MY family don't know how weak I'm really am as deep down I'm crying inside and this whole situation is putting me down but to them I'm just trying to be brave and keep strong

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    Hi Laura,
    It sounds like you have it really hard at the minute. You can PM me if you want, to talk.

    I know you feel like you need to be strong, but there's nothing wrong with letting your emotions out in front of your family. It's human. And I'm sure they want to be there for you, but they can't know how much you're suffering unless you talk to them. You don't have to of course, but if it's taking a toll on you, it's probably for the best.

    Nothing wrong with needing a hug every now and again. And I'm glad you have someone as close to you as your auntie to help you. Nothing wrong with that either. As for wondering if it's normal- you shouldn't compare yourself to other people. What matters is if it's normal for you.

    I hope your cousin is doing okay.
    I'm here if you want to chat, I hope things get better for you.
    No matter how hard it will get
    We will pull always through
    ​Because I'll never forget
    ​It's the human thing to do


    • #3
      Hi Aidan, thanks for the reply. Yeah things are hard for me at the moment, I have sent you a PM so message me back when you can.
      ​Yeh I feel I need to be strong for the sake of my family and I don't find it easy to talk to my family about how I'm feeling about things, I'm more comfortable talking to my aunt then my immediate family but that's because of whats happened in the past. Ill probably just speak to my auntie about it when she gets home from holiday on Sunday and see what she suggests.
      ​Yeah I feel that I want my auntie around me at the moment but its not possible as she is away and even when she is back she lives an hour and half away from us. I just feel I need her by my side at the moment to tell me everything will be okay. She has helped me though a lot recently and right now I just want her with me. She has been there though times when ive just felt like giving up and I wouldn't be the person I am today without her help. She has helped me when ive been upset and she has kept things from my parents because she knew it was best to.
      ​I hope my cousin is okay but until we hear from him you just think the worse
      ​I'm always here for you too Aidan. thanks

      See some of my other posts that ive posted threads on in the last 24hours!: :
      ​Tattoo pain- 3 tattoos in and still haven't spoken to my parents
      ​Back to work after a broken foot
      ​Over a week since my cousin started chemo- still worried- is this normal

      ​Some of my other posts that could read:
      ​Not feeling myself recently
      Today is the day!!!
      ​Family Relationship

      ​Have a read of some of my other posts and I will look at yours x


      • #4
        Hey Laura,

        Hope you're feeling better today! What you're going through is really tough so really well done for coming on here and posting about it! Really brave of you <3 Try not to feel like everything depends on you because both you and your whole family deserve to feel happy. It's perfectly normal to feel the way you are, as most people would in this situation, but your mental health is just as important so don't forget to look after yourself too.

        Hope to speak soon,
        Hugs from Drea


        • #5
          Hi Drea, thanks for the reply. not feeling any better too be honest. thanks for saying that I was brave to post it and yeah what I'm going through is really tough. Ill try not to think that everything depends on me but its hard not to at the moment. work has been hard the last few weeks as well which hasn't helped matters. good to hear that's its normal because I just sometimes feel its just me overthinking stuff. I'm trying to look after myself but its not easy!


          • #6
            Loads of hugs Laura
            'Why are you trying to fit in be born to stand out'


            • #7
              Hi Laura, nothing wrong with needing a hug. Here's a vertual one *hugs*! I hope things start to look up for you soon.
              "Truely independent person who doesn't do quotes, just dates".. (29.04.17)


              • #8
                Thanks Lostsense and Elleloveschocolate for the replies. I'm trying to be positive but its so hard


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Laura12345 View Post
                  Thanks Lostsense and Elleloveschocolate for the replies. I'm trying to be positive but its so hard
                  I know it is lovely! I'm thinking about you evan when I'm offline💜💚
                  'Why are you trying to fit in be born to stand out'


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