I have lived with depression and anxiety as long as I can remember. Most days it feels like a fight just to be okay and happiness is out of reach. That's why I purchased a bracelet and chose FORTITUDE as my word: to remind me I've made it this far, to just keep going, and to keep getting back up when I stumble and fall down.
One of my best friends has been going through an incredibly difficult and painful depressive period. I gifted her my bracelet to wear in hopes it brings her some comfort, reminding her that she is not alone and that she has a friend who not only understands what she's going through, but also is willing to stand by her side with love, understanding, and support.
Depression and anxiety can be extremely alienating, making you feel painfully lonely and lost. I was so happy to receive a message from her telling me she's glad she received the bracelet, feels less alone, and is a little calmer.
I have a feeling this bracelet will make several trips between us as a symbol of our love and support for each other during our most difficult times.