I would like to thank Cameron and Ryan for sharing their story’s about depression and I would like to share mine.
I suffer from depression and have for many years, I control my depression by rigorous daily exercise and by going bushwalking.
My thoughts are with Ryan and his friend David’s family, in recent years I have had two friends pass away from suicide, one was a very close friend and best man at my wedding, he suffered from Bipolar disorder, his decline was long and very traumatic for him and all of the people around him, I console myself by thinking that he is now at peace.
My depression was first diagnosed after heavy bouts of drinking, at the time I had very serious suicidal thoughts, my wonderful GP of the time helped me through all of this.
A few years ago my GP of 20 years and friend who helped me through my depression took his own life, as a GP he was too proud to admit he was suffering from depression, apparently depression is common amongst doctors.
Shortly after my GP passed away I was diagnosed with advanced Prostate Cancer, two and a half years ago I underwent a Radical Prostatectomy, my new GP warned me that I was in for a tough time and would suffer from bouts of depression, this was true, during my recovery I had some hard fights with depression, fortunately I had a second to non support from friends, family and the specialist continence physio at the local government health system.
The Radical Prostatectomy has left me a few problems that I will probably have for the rest of my life, I suffer from ED problems and I still have problems with my continence, at times I find these issues gets me down.
Through out the last two and a half years one thing that has helped me get through my PC experience and depression is the thought that I have a wonderful family and friends and I can still run, I can still ride my bike and I can still bushwalk, and that there are many people out in this world that are much worse off than me.
Lately I have found myself spending a lot of time offering support to some of my friends who are currently experiencing difficult times.
While spending time in the wilderness is important for me, as Ryan has put forward wilderness on its own is not enough.