Last Updated on: February 2nd, 2017
Sometimes bloggers wonder if their words truly have an impact on others.
I am pleased to report that mine did, and are continuing to do so.
It’s true. I have actually helped save lives!
In fact, I recently saved someone’s life. Seriously.
How I Learned I Saved Someone’s Life
I received a letter in my inbox a while ago. Apparently, a suicidal teenager read a post I wrote about the time I tried killing myself. (Wording Well is unique because it contains personal posts from when this site used to be called Lorraine Reguly’s Life, before I found my niche — I guess I should say “niches,” as I have three: writing, blogging, and freelancing — and before I had direction as a services provider and business owner.)
Anyway, getting back to this teenager…
She contacted me through my contact page form. She granted me permission to post her first two emails to me, as long as I didn’t use her name. Naturally, I agreed. I even sent her a copy of this post before publishing it to double-check that she’d be okay with what was published.
This is what she wrote:
So, this email, sadly, is not really related to any of your above mentioned topics – ghostwriter, editing, and others. I just wanted to send you a letter. I’m a fifteen year old girl who’s been living with some mental health issues for a little while now, about five years. It started with anxiety but then progressed into something a little more serious.
I’ve been okay for a while but recently, I hit a pretty hard spot. I thought about suicide and I needed something to help. I typed “I want to kill myself, what do I do,” into my computer and your article came up, the one where you share your story. I just wanted you to know that your words are the reason I’m still alive.
I understand if you do not get back to me about this, as you seem like a busy person and I respect that, but if you do read this, please know that you’ve saved someone from death. I barely know anything about what you do and I, to be honest, don’t know anything at all about YOU, but I know enough to understand that you are a good person.
I am alive because of your story and I thank you for that. I’m sorry if this sounds sappy or silly at all but I want you to know that you are an incredible person and through all adversity, you have pulled through, and you’ve inspired me to do so as well. Thank you so much.
Again, thank you,
I wrote back:
Thank you so much, PERSON’S NAME, for the lovely letter.
Please tell me at what point you changed your mind… I’d really like to know.
Thank you for responding so quickly, it means a lot to me.
When I was reading through the blog post about your attempt, with the overdose (I’m sorry if I’m triggering bad memories) I was in a pretty bad frame of mind. I’d always though that the overdose would be the easiest way to go and that it would be calm and peaceful. But then I read that it wasn’t, and that you had been scared, and your body had resisted. I realized that killing myself would not be my solution to all my problems.
I’m not sure why your story had such an impact, but it did. Especially when reading about what an overdose actually is like. I’m not saying that it “scared” me out of it, necessarily, but it did make me realize that I don’t want to die. Of course I’ll still have bad days but I’ll remember your story on those times and it’ll help me get through them.
I appreciate that you’re taking time out of your work to contact me, it means a great deal to me.