Each ride-day the Light the Trail team will #Ride4 a victim of suicide to honor and celebrate their life, and to further healthy conversation about this important topic.

November 9th, 2017: #Ride4 Dorthy (by Kristie Salzer)

Tell us about them…

Dorthy is my mom, who died the spring of my senior year in high school. She grew up on a farm in Wisconsin. She was very easy to get a long with and a loving and wonderful mother. She loved to sew and had a strong faith.
She suffered from depression starting after my oldest sister left for college. It was the mid 1970’s and the medications available to treat depression were very limited. She was able to fight it and began to recover and feel better after a year or two of therapy and trials of medication. Unfortunately, it returned stronger than it left and the pain was more than she could endure. She took her life in March of 1977.

It was shocking and incredibly painful for my dad and 3 sisters. Suicide leaves in its wake so many questions - what could I have done, was there something I could have seen? The pain of the depression was stronger than the pain and fear of leaving her family. Hard to imagine as she was such a devoted mother. My family and friends were and remain incredible.

Faith was there with us at the time and remains a constant source of comfort and connection to that strong maternal love. I know she is with me and loves me - her love continues.
Her death and suffering has impact me in so many ways. It has helped me appreciate the present and most likely has inspired me to be in the profession that I am in. I’m a nutrition therapist specializing in helping people recover from
eating disorders. Most of the clients that I see have depression and/or anxiety. Having been through it with Mom I can empathize with the discomfort. I also know that we can get through the most difficult and painful of times, and find relief and peace.

My thoughts and prayers are with all the riders and the loved ones that have been lost to depression. Hopefully this will decrease the stigmas and judgments that remain about mental health and more people will get the help they need and deserve.

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