8 Oct 2010


I just felt I needed to write this post to you all.
I have been struggling these last few weeks which some of you may have noticed. I have been unable to visit you as I would like but you are all in my thoughts daily. I have been unable to shake my usual visit of depression and have been and still am close to ending my blogging days.
I have managed to create the necessary work for the DT that I am on and will try to do this for as long as I am able. I feel a bit of a failure at this time and battling this awful emptiness is taking it's toll.

I am praying that this depression will soon end and that I can return to normality so I hope that you will bear with me.
Hugs to you all.


Crafty Chris said...

Lorraine I am sorry to hear that, if you ever need a chat just email me I didnt know that you suffered this illness, dont worry about leaving comments just get better.
Chris x

Vintage Milly said...

Oh hunnie, don't leave us, just trying to find your email,

Doreen said...

Dear Lorraine, You shouldn't worry about visiting anyone just keep up with what you are able.Don't let this thing win by giving up blogging,I can't even imagine what you are going through but please don't let it win.sending you lots of hugs.

Sue said...

Hello my friend,
first of big hugs, please don't give up on your blogging hun that would be such a shame. I know the dark hole is awful, no light to see. Maybe take a little break form DT work so no pressure cause that doesnt help!! Just make cards for your enjoyment for a while.
I realy hope you feel a bit brighter soon hun, hang in there, thinking of you, big hugs, sue,xxxxx

craftykitten said...

Hi Lorraine,
Sorry to hear you are struggling hunni, I hope the clouds move away soon and reveal the sunshine - don't give up your blogging - it is always something to come back to as and when, your friends will all still be here waiting!
Dawn xx

Adrina said...

Dear Lorraine,
I feel sorry for you to hear that you are struggling with you depression. Focus on what you are able to do right now and don't fall to hard on yourself.
Hope the sun will be shining for you very soon.
Big hugs and blessings.
Adrina XX

Debs said...

thinking of you Lorraine and hoping for you to be back with us all soon
Big Hugs and even Bigger, Bigger hugs

Tracy said...

Dearest Lorraine, Honey I know where you are emotionally and mentally, as I watched my Dad go through the most terrible depression to the point that he was admitted to a physiciatric hospital. It was a horrible time for us. So please keep fighting it Lorraine, and most of all your health must come first. He still suffers with depression now 20 years on, but can now manage it better and we all do try to help. But I do know depression is a very personal thing and usually people on the outside don't understand how bad it can be.
I will keep you in my prayers and hope you can continue to blog and if you ever need to just get things of your chest, e-mail me.
With love and hugs
Tracy x

Thebug415 said...

A BIIIIIGGGG Hug for you!

Lorraine said...

oh Lorraine I am so sorry to here that you are unwell I do understand as i too am diagnosed with depression.I hope you will start to feel a bit better soon huni i love your blog and i would really miss you if you no longer blogged with us.Maybe it would be a good idea to maybe take a short break and see how you feel after.My thoughts are with you and i am sure you have friends that support you but please feel free to email me at lorrainebetteridge@virginmedia.com if you need someone to talk to who knows what its like.
Anytime night or day i feel we are friends now and i like to be there for my friends so please Lorraine don't be shy just natter away to me.
Take good care and i hope to here from you soon
Lorraine xx

Carol said...

Awww Lorraine, you are in my thoughts and prayers Sweetie!! I too suffer from depression so I know what it's like and it's not a nice place to be. Try keep your chin up and if you need anything or somebody to talk to don't hesitate to gimme a shout. Lotsa luv xxxxx

Teri said...

Bless you hun!
If you need me you know my email.
Take care of yourself hun.
BIG hugs,
Teri xx

chris said...

Oh Lorraine, sorry you are not feeling too good. will be thinking of you, hugs chris xx

Ruthie said...

Aw Hun - there are lots of us out here who would be so sad if you decided to finish blogging - I am sure there are many, like me, who pop over and gain lots of inspiration from what you do. We may not comment as often as we could, but it doesnt mean we dont pop by.

You could never be a failure because your creativity goves so much pleasure to so many people.

Please, go easy on yourself - dont beat yourself up - and remember that EVERYTHING passes - the good and the bad times - they all pass - some leave you with nice memories, some less nice - but the actual experiences all pass.

Huge hugs to you babe!


Cat Spicer a.k.a. Spicey Cat Chick said...

Hang in there sweetie! I know the beast you're battling with all too well. If you need a break from blogging and DTs, take it. We'll wait for you!

Margreet said...

Hi Lorraine......I surely have missed you....hope you're feeling better soon....so good and responsible that you do create your DT cards!.....having a depression must be a tough and hard time.....you'll be in my thoughts and I hope I can send you some positive energy!!!........love and hugs....
xxx Margreet

Angela said...

I'm so sorry, Lorraine. My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend. Take care, hugs, Angela

Anne said...

I am with you every step of the way my friend. You are certainly no failure - it's an illness like any other so one day soon you will feel so much better. Please try not to give up blogging as I for one would miss you but it also gives you something to keep yourself occupied. I've been there and totally understand. Take care, big hugs xx

Dawn said...

I am keeping you in my thoughts sweetie- I understand the depression visit literally.
I hope you remember there are many of us that enjoy your creations and your words.
If you need someone to chat with please don't hesitate to contact me. Sometimes just thinking /talking about someone else changes the mood.
Blessings sweetie

Wendy Ramlakhan said...

Awww, bless your heart Lorraine. I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope you will begin to feel better soon but I know with depression it's just not that simple. Sending hugs, thoughts and prayers your way!!

Take care of yourself!


eiyiyi said...

My thoughts, prayers and reiki are with you Lorraine. Don't know if you've heard the old saying "when you are at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on". Take your healing time but please don't stop letting us know how you are doing. Love to you dear friend, eileen

Merry said...

Take care Lorraine....big hugs sent your way. Sometimes life just gets in the way of this blogging activity but everyone will be here when you have the time.

margie c said...

Hugs and prayers to you, you too are in our thoughts :*)

Lora said...

Hi Lorraine, I'm so sorry to hear that you are feeling this way.
I really hope that you will continue blogging because you will be missed by so many people, me included.
You know I am always here for you if you want to talk and as for your dt stuff at Digital Tuesday, if you feel that you need a break from it, just let me know.
I know that you can come out the other end of this hun, just like you have done so many times before :)
Big hugs
Lora xxx

Vicky said...

Hi Lorraine sweetie all of your friends completely understand hun you are not alone & if ever you need to talk then you know you can e-mail me anytime. I really hope you dont end your blogging days completely we would all miss you. Maybe you could perhaps take some time out for you & have some you time..... We are all here for you. Take care hun.

Sending great BIG hugs to you <>

Hugs Vicky xx

Christine said...

Oh, please don't give up blogging and especially making your lovely creations. That is what really get's me out of my depression. Especially when I put the DT stuff aside (that's why I'm only on one DT now) and create just for me.

I truly enjoy coming to your blog and seeing your beautiful works. I don't always have time to comment (especially the last week) but I want you to know that I look everytime you post.

I would miss you if you stopped!!!

You are in my thoughts. I truly know how it feels.

I've been staying at my sis' house dog sitting and had been feeling kinda' down. I went out to my sister's garage, found a piece of would and started to put a collage on it with scrapbook papers. I'm going to add the words "It's all Good" to remind myself of all the blessings that I have!

I hope you are feeling better soon!!!


Carol Ann said...

Lorraine please don't stop your blogging it is inspirational and a joy to visit. These very dark days will pass as they have before. When you feel better come back and join in again you don't have to feel that you must blog regularly you just blog when you feel you want too. There are friends out here in blog land willing to listen you are not alone. There is an email address on my blog use it! Never feel a failure you have created some fab work ... 21 other crafters have taken the time to comment on your Halloween project .... 345 crafters follow your blog you are definitely not a failure your are a crafting success!!!

c'mmon Lorraine there is a crafting community out here in blog land who enjoy reading each new post I for one don't do much commenting but I visit.

A big hug, hoping you will have a better day tomorrow.
Carol Ann xx

Lisa said...

Hope you are feeling well soon, praying for you too

Anonymous said...

Sweetie I'm SO sorry your going through this.

I absolutely know what you are going through, I've suffered with depression for years now and its not easy at all...

are you on any medication?

if you are not getting enjoyment out of the things you usually do, it might be time to seek some help from a professional.

Don't feel obligated to do anything else but get yourself well! But do keep your blog going if only to update us and for us to contact you!

If you need anything or just want to talk, email me anytime!!


Mary Lou said...

Oh Lorraine~~I am sooooo sad for you as I read your note. I deeply understand about this nasty illness:(
You will NEVER be forgotten Hun~~~YOU have always brightened my days with just a HI--no other words were even necessary!!!
I am here to help lift you as you do for ALL others:)
Take care of yourself and I will be in touch and ALWAYS keep you in my daily devotions
Prayers and Blessings Sweetie
Hugz and Love
Mary Lou

~Michelle~ said...

BIG hugs to you....I hope you can find relief soon!

You are an encouragement to so many....your cards are so pretty and your commenting always warms my heart.

You will be in my thoughts and prayers...Michelle

Dawn said...

Hi Lorraine

I am on holiday but just wanted to let you know, you are not alone. Those dark days will get better hon. Sending you big hugs
Dawn xxxx

Maria Matter said...

oh Lorraine, I'm so so sorry this awful depression has come upon you again!

I know how you struggle with it, I also know you love your craft and hope that it will help you stay afloat...along with all of us that love you and think of you often!

Praying peace and joy over you! I also pray that you would feel the love of God surrounding you and receive it as you are so deserving of it!
You have touched so many lives here in blogland with your kind and encouraging comments and faithful friendship!!!
I will continue to pray over you my sweet friend!
much love and big hugs to you!!!

KraftyKoolKat said...

So sorry to hear this my dear friend.

My thoughts are with you.


Delphine said...

I am so sorry to hear you are not well, Lorraine, and so sorry I have been such a bad blogger lately... I am thinking of you and sending you big hugs. Delphine xxx

Janet said...

Hey Lorraine - I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I feel that way at times and know that with family, friends and God above, you'll make it through.

Sending you hugs and love my friend.



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