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Ana and María

Imagine how difficult can be for a person with depression to try interact with others, now imagine if that person is suffering several illnesses that keep them isolated and alone, feeling like an outsider. That is what Ana and María feel every day. A mother and daughter living a solitary life, with almost no friends and no more family. They said: “this started when we began to get sick, after one and other illness, our only different companion where doctors and nurses”. It all happen gradually and then suddenly.

After some years they were afraid to leave their home, and do others activities (besides of going to the hospital) because they feared of having to talk and interact with people. María said to us that she thought that people would mock her and that single thought made her anxious. So, when she saw the posters of our brochures: “Depression” and “Anxiety”, she plucked up the courage to speak with us and ask for the brochures.

At first, she hardly spoke, but after while she told us her story. Our staff tried to help them and to integrate them into different activities, such as talks, meetings with women, Christmas events, and others. In order to distract them, and to have healthy social relations, thus breaking the hermetic circle of the solitude that surrounded them.

Through the reading of the Word, they have known the Message of Hope, which has given them strength and encouragement.

Now, she and her mother are faithful volunteers and cooperate in small tasks. We are glad because Ana and María feel more optimistic, happier, and can see life as a wonderful gift from God.

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